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mercy

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mercy/ˈmɚsi/noun
pluralmercies
mercy
/ˈmɚsi/
noun
pluralmercies
Learner's definition of MERCY  
[noncount]  : kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly
[noncount]  : kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation
[count]  : a good or lucky fact or situation
old-fashioned + informal  — used as an interjection to show surprise

at the mercy of

orat someone's or something's mercy
: in a position or situation in which you can be harmed by (someone or something you cannot control)

to the mercy of

orto the (tender) mercies of
: without any protection from (someone or something you cannot control)
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