at the mercy of


at the mercy of
or[at one's mercy] {adj. phr.} In the power of; subject to the will and wishes of; without defense against. * /The champion had the other boxer at his mercy./ * /The picnic was at the mercy of the weather./ * /The small grocer was at the mercy of people he owed money to./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at\ the\ mercy\ of — • at the mercy of • at one s mercy adj. phr. In the power of; subject to the will and wishes of; without defense against. The champion had the other boxer at his mercy. The picnic was at the mercy of the weather. The small grocer was at the mercy …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at the mercy of — or[at one s mercy] {adj. phr.} In the power of; subject to the will and wishes of; without defense against. * /The champion had the other boxer at his mercy./ * /The picnic was at the mercy of the weather./ * /The small grocer was at the mercy of …   Dictionary of American idioms


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