Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1‘the boy was begging for mercy’
leniency, lenience, clemency, compassion, grace, pity, charity, forgiveness, forbearance, quarter, humanity, humaneness, humanitarianism
mildness, soft-heartedness, tender-heartedness, kindness, sympathy, liberality, indulgence, tolerance, generosity, magnanimity, beneficence
ruthlessness, cruelty, inhumanity
2‘we must be thankful for small mercies’
blessing, godsend, boon, favour, piece of luck, stroke of luck
1‘they found themselves at the mercy of the tyrant’
in the power of, in the control of, under the control of, in the clutches of, in the palm of someone's hand, under the heel of, subject to
2‘men who lived and died at the mercy of the violent and unpredictable Australian climate’
defenceless against, unprotected against, vulnerable to, threatened by, exposed to, susceptible to, prey to, open to, wide open to, an easy target for
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