Definition of tender mercies in English:

tender mercies

phrase

  • Used ironically to refer to attention or treatment not in the best interests of its recipients.

    ‘they abandoned their children to the tender mercies of the social services’
    • ‘You will be handed over to the tender mercies of the nurse.’
    • ‘The children were given over to the tender mercies of the church and its care homes for orphans.’
    • ‘They were now facing a very uncertain future, consigned to the tender mercies of a new and hostile regime.’
    • ‘We have no national dance company and rely on the tender mercies of people like her to keep our folk dances alive.’
    • ‘They would leave their wives to the tender mercies of the labour ward while they travelled abroad to watch football.’
    • ‘My dad and I left him to the tender mercies of his mother and went inside.’
    • ‘He had recently committed himself to the tender mercies of a psychiatrist.’
    • ‘She threw herself on the tender mercies of the world's web community.’
    • ‘Unlike filmstars, crime victims have not submitted themselves to the tender mercies of the press and forfeited any right to privacy.’
    • ‘The children will now be entrusted to the tender mercies of their distant cousin.’