be at the mercy of (something)

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be at the mercy of (something)

To be subject to the control of a particular person or thing. When you're a minor, you're at the mercy of your parents completely. When you travel by public transportation, you're at the mercy of the weather.
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Despite the promises of the secession leaders to push for it, it is a done deal that until a new ordinance is passed, the renters in the Valley will be at the mercy of the landlords.
I would like to be low; it would be at the mercy of some other facility,'' Sinclair said.