Definition of errand of mercy in US English:

errand of mercy


  • A mission carried out to help someone in difficulty.

    • ‘No one knew their whereabouts until they had reached their destination and accomplished their purpose, whether they were on an errand of mercy or a warlike mission.’
    • ‘She's probably somewhere else doing social work now,’ said one senior citizen as he settled comfortably in his chair and stretched out his legs, clearly willing to wait till Suhasini finished all her errands of mercy.’
    • ‘The FAMILY, friends and work colleagues of a 35-year-old overseas aid worker from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, are this week mourning his death in a bizarre tragedy while on an errand of mercy in the Central American country of Belize.’
    • ‘The Crusade was seen as an errand of mercy to right a terrible wrong.’
    • ‘A DRINK-DRIVER has escaped jail for taking to the road on an errand of mercy in defiance of a driving ban.’
    • ‘Despite the prevailing situation, Fiwale Rural Health Centre has not relented in its errands of mercy.’