Definition of tender mercies in US English:

tender mercies

phrase

  • Used ironically to imply that someone cannot be trusted to look after or treat someone else kindly or well.

    ‘they have abandoned their children to the tender mercies of the social services’
    • ‘My dad and I left him to the tender mercies of his mother and went inside.’
    • ‘She threw herself on the tender mercies of the world's web community.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children will now be entrusted to the tender mercies of their distant cousin.’
    • ‘Unlike filmstars, crime victims have not submitted themselves to the tender mercies of the press and forfeited any right to privacy.’
    • ‘They were now facing a very uncertain future, consigned to the tender mercies of a new and hostile regime.’
    • ‘He had recently committed himself to the tender mercies of a psychiatrist.’