One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Intentionally place oneself in a situation in which one must rely on someone else to be compassionate or lenient towards one.‘she was tempted to go back and throw herself on the mercy of the landlady’‘on this occasion we'll have to throw ourselves on the mercy of the court’
- ‘I confessed to knowing nothing about Italian cheese and threw myself on his mercy.’
- ‘I prayed to Jesus to help me many times and threw myself on his mercy.’
- ‘I buzzed on the salon door, was let inside, and threw myself on his mercy.’
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