at the mercy of somebody/something(redirected from at the mercy of somebody)
at the mercy of someoneand at someone's mercy
Fig. under the control of someone; without defense against someone. We were left at the mercy of the arresting officer. Mrs. Franklin wanted Mr. Franklin at her mercy.
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at the mercy of
1. Also, at someone's mercy. Subject to the power of, helpless against, as in The captured rebels were at the mercy of the army commander. [Late 1500s]
2. Without any protection against, as in On top of Mount Washington we were at the mercy of the elements. [Late 1600s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(be) at the mercy of somebody/somethingnot be able to stop somebody/something harming you because they have power or control over you: Small businesses are completely at the mercy of the banks these days. ♢ The little ship was at the mercy of the storm.
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at the mercy of
Without any protection against; helpless before: drifting in an open boat, at the mercy of the elements.
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