at\ one's\ mercy

at\ one's\ mercy
• at the mercy of
• at one's mercy
adj. phr.
In the power of; subject to the will and wishes of; without defense against.

The champion had the other boxer at his mercy.

The picnic was at the mercy of the weather.

The small grocer was at the mercy of people he owed money to.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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