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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.
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tender age of

the young age of... She left home at the tender age of 17 and got married to a rock singer.
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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."
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tender age

A young age, as in It's a great advantage to learn languages at a tender age. [Early 1300s]
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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]
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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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Beef quality is evaluated by consumers based on sensory considerations of tenderness, flavor likeness, and juiciness (Cho et al.
The noninvasive tenderness prediction system was developed in the 1990s by ARS scientists to identify U.
Select beef carcasses with exceptional tenderness in the ribeye/strip loin muscle.
In contrast, among women taking estrogen alone, those who experienced new-onset breast tenderness did not have a higher subsequent risk of breast cancer.
The records from her visit to the ER immediately following the fall reflected her back pain, showing she had tenderness in her lower lumbar area.
From this examination, tenderness is graded on each adductor tendon, the pubic symphysis, and each inguinal floor using a scale from 0 to 5:
Meat tenderness is an important factor in consumer perception of meat quality [3] and most consumers consider tenderness to be the single most important component of meat quality.
By using technologies such as near-infra red spectroscopy or digital image analysis, the project could help suppliers promote meat by accurately labelling tenderness on pack, as well as identifying the best-tasting breeds.
The company recommends deli departments slice the meats a little thicker than usual commodity pastrami to bring out the full authentic flavor and tenderness.
The only side effects I have heard of are occasional localized erythema and tenderness at the injection.
The more intramuscular fat the more the meat will retain its juiciness, tenderness and flavour during cooking.
Such tenderness in our bodies when they abandon us slowly
Christopher Wheeldon's Liturgy (2003), made for New York City Ballet's hallowed partnership of Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, has a quality of tenderness that's cool and warm at the same time.
While many will tout the nonstop action, insane thrills, and unparalleled graphics engine of this years must have first-person shooter title, Gears of War, gay gamers will undoubtedly pick up on the sweet, subtle tenderness lurking beneath the mega-warrior heroes of the game.
His love life was varied but not lacking in tenderness.