Definition of tender mercies in 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.’
    • ‘Unlike filmstars, crime victims have not submitted themselves to the tender mercies of the press and forfeited any right to privacy.’
    • ‘We have no national dance company and rely on the tender mercies of people like her to keep our folk dances alive.’
    • ‘The children were given over to the tender mercies of the church and its care homes for orphans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They would leave their wives to the tender mercies of the labour ward while they travelled abroad to watch football.’
    • ‘They were now facing a very uncertain future, consigned to the tender mercies of a new and hostile regime.’
    • ‘The children will now be entrusted to the tender mercies of their distant cousin.’
    • ‘You will be handed over to the tender mercies of the nurse.’