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leave (one) to (someone's) tender mercies

To allow someone to face the punishment or rebukes of another person who will not show them any mercy, kindness, or sympathy. The phrase is used ironically. I thought it would be best if I spoke to her, rather than leaving her to the principal's tender mercies. I don't have time to deal with this. I'll just leave them to Mairead's tender mercies.
See also: leave, mercy, tender

tender age of

the young age of... She left home at the tender age of 17 and got married to a rock singer.
See also: age, of, tender

tender something for something

to offer something (of value) for something. The shareholders were asked to tender one of their shares for two of the offering company's. I decided not to tender my shares.
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tender something (to someone) (for something)

to offer or present something to someone for something. Laura tendered payment to Gary for the tickets. Walter tendered the old shares to the company for new shares.

leave to someone's tender mercies

Submit to another's power or discretion, especially to an unsympathetic individual. Today this expression is always used ironically, as in We left him to the tender mercies of that stiff-necked, arrogant nurse. It alludes to a biblical passage (Proverbs 12:10): "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."
See also: leave, mercy, tender

tender age

A young age, as in It's a great advantage to learn languages at a tender age. [Early 1300s]
See also: age, tender

tender loving care

Also, TLC. Solicitous and compassionate care, as in These houseplants sure have had tender loving care, or Older house for sale, needs some renovation and TLC. Originally used to describe the work of care-givers such as nurses, this term today is often used ironically or euphemistically. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: care, tender

at a ˌtender ˈage


at the tender ˌage of ˈ8, ˈ12, etc.

used in connection with somebody who is still young and does not have much experience: We were sent to boarding school at a tender age.At the tender age of seventeen I left home.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including, but not limited to, statements pertaining to Open Solutions' plan to pay the tender consideration for Notes validly tendered and not withdrawn.
If any of the conditions are not satisfied, NewMarket is not obligated to accept for payment, purchase or pay for, or may delay the acceptance for payment of, any tendered Notes, and may terminate the tender offer.
Notes tendered pursuant to the tender offer and consents delivered pursuant to the solicitation may not be validly withdrawn after the Consent Payment Deadline, except upon limited circumstances as are set forth in the Offer to Purchase.
Final results for the tender offer will be determined subject to confirmation by the depositary of the proper delivery of the shares validly tendered and not withdrawn.
2 million shares were tendered without extending the offer.
The "Total Consideration" for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for payment pursuant to the tender offer shall be an amount in cash equal to the price, calculated in accordance with standard market practice, based on the assumptions that the Notes will be redeemed in full at $1,050.
The Company may accept for payment Notes tendered on or prior to the Consent Expiration Date at any time following the Consent Expiration Date.
All shares that are acquired in the tender offer will be acquired at the same purchase price, including shares that are tendered at a lower price.
The tender offer is not contingent on any minimum number of shares being tendered.
The depositary will promptly issue payment for the shares validly tendered and accepted under the tender offer.
As a result of the completion of the tender offer, immediately following the purchase of the tendered shares, Cumulus expects that approximately 36.
Payments of the tender consideration for Exchangeable Notes validly tendered and not withdrawn at or prior to the Expiration Time will be made promptly after the Expiration Time.
The total consideration per $1,000 principal amount of Notes that were validly tendered prior to the Consent Date (the "Total Consideration") is $1,107.
Any shares validly tendered and not purchased due to proration, conditional tenders or shares tendered at a price above the per share purchase price will be returned promptly to the tendering stockholders.