Definition of leave someone/something to the mercy of in US English:

leave someone/something to the mercy of

phrase

  • Expose someone or something to a situation of probable danger or harm.

    ‘the forest is left to the mercy of the loggers’
    • ‘Then they withdrew and left us to the mercy of tens of hooligans who locked us inside.’
    • ‘‘With security non-existent, I am worried that when the matches start tomorrow we will be leaving our gear to the mercy of God, as anybody can walk in and cart our things away,’ said Leo.’
    • ‘I left my customers to the mercy of an extremely stoned and paranoid Benji, plagued by imaginary ringing bells, and sneaked off to the bar next door.’
    • ‘High street traders who had to close their stores after flash floods on Tuesday say their shops have been left to the mercy of the weather after gullies and drainage were removed.’
    • ‘Sleeping on the floor was out of the question and I couldn't go upstairs leaving Doug to the mercy of my parents.’
    • ‘Earlier, more than 2.5 million residents along the Florida coast had evacuated their homes, leaving their possessions to the mercy of the storm.’
    • ‘Directly on the other side of the stream were two very rundown thatched, whitewashed cottages that also looked as if they had been left to the mercy of the elements.’
    • ‘Under this constitution, rights are left to the mercy of predators such as Howard and expedient windbags like Beazley.’
    • ‘Old widows in Mathura and Vrindavan are left to the mercy of the public to eke out an existence.’
    • ‘If we had been left to the mercy of Aer Lingus and their fares we would have had to move to Brussels altogether.’
    • ‘His plea for managers to be given clear objectives and left in peace was blamed for leaving banks to the mercy of spiv traders.’
    • ‘The chassis was bent and everything was badly corroded because it had been left to the mercy of the elements in an open barn.’
    • ‘With a sigh of defeat she left Will to the mercy of Bastian.’
    • ‘We have left them to the mercy of extremist groups who have preyed on them at colleges and universities.’
    • ‘Our entire security set-up is VIP oriented and huge amount is being spent annually to provide security cover to the selected few leaving the common people to the mercy of God.’
    • ‘Nor leave the country to the mercy of rape gangs and carjackers and then take the guns away.’
    • ‘And so the masses were left to the mercy of the soup kitchens, which were set up all over Ireland to bring relief.’
    • ‘Without even a single Muslim family in the village, the mosque has been left to the mercy of local villagers.’
    • ‘Although, the Power Development Department has changed the electric poles in other parts of Srinagar city, but they have left this area to the mercy of God.’
    • ‘Since Robert left Jonathan to the mercy of the spiders, he has been in a deep depression.’