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

To allow one 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 Mrs. Tanner's tender mercies.
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at a tender age

In one's youth. I'm not surprised to hear that he was doing science experiments at a tender age—he's a child genius!
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at the tender age of

This phrase is used to emphasize how young one was when one did something in particular. (The age is stated after "of.") I'm not surprised to hear that he was doing science experiments at the tender age of seven—he's a child genius!
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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]
See also: care, loving, 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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2010) found the mean frequency of the C allele which has a positive effect on tenderness of the meat as 0.
Treatment recommended for breast tenderness is to wear a supportive bra with wide shoulder straps and pads to absorb any discharge (Nazik & Eryilmaz, 2013).
This low specificity is attributed to the low specificity among chronic cases who exhibited no probe tenderness (equivocal) in 49% of the total 55 cases.
Thus, it can be said that the WBS, juiciness and tenderness are important characteristics in meat in terms of quality.
So far, different research teams have identified markers of beef tenderness involved in the energy metabolism pathway, in cell detoxification, or which belong to the heat shock protein family or to the annexin family (reviewed by Ouali et al.
A total of 29 sites of maximum pain and tenderness were treated.
Chang et al have also documented a lower frequency of rebound tenderness as compared to tenderness14.
The researchers also partnered with the National Pork Board and used the technology to successfully predict tenderness of boneless pork loins during the boning and trimming process.
We found a portable commercial instrument, developed repeatable ways to apply it to meat products, and then started testing its ability to predict tenderness.
This study showed that developing new breast tenderness after the start of hormone therapy was associated with increased breast cancer risk only in women on the combination estrogen plus progestin therapy, not estrogen therapy alone," said study first author Dr.
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.
Yes According to this analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), women who experienced new-onset breast tenderness, as assessed 12 months after the initiation of conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) plus medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), had a significantly higher risk of breast cancer than did women taking CEE plus MPA who did not report such tenderness (hazard ratio [HR], 1.
While on the subject of breast cancer, it seems that women who experience breast tenderness on starting hormone replacement therapy may be more at risk from breast cancer than those who do not develop symptoms.
Intense stress on an animal prior to slaughter is known to have an influence on beef tenderness.