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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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Michael Itkis, chief executive officer of Interactive Flight Technologies, said: "We are extremely delighted to be named by Qantas as the preferred tenderer for its in-flight entertainment project.
To be chosen as the preferred tenderer, in such an intense competitive environment, is a clear endorsement of the advantages offered by Interactive Flight Technologies in-flight entertainment system," he added.
Itkis further commented, "The selection as preferred tenderer by Qantas is another milestone in IFT's quest to become the leading full-service entertainment provider to the airline industry.
KK Firmaattest- Requirements: The tenderer shall be legally established company / sole proprietorship or company under incorporation (SUS) Documentation requirements.
Foreign tenderers must submit equivalent certificates from their country showing that they have overall tax ratio.
2: tenderers must fulfill Norwegian HSE requirements when performing work in Norway.
Tenderers Are Advised To Go Through Instruction To Tenderers For Electronic Tenders, Rev.