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
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- Unlike filmstars, crime victims have not submitted themselves to the tender mercies of the press and forfeited any right to privacy.
- The children will now be entrusted to the tender mercies of their distant cousin.
- They would leave their wives to the tender mercies of the labour ward while they travelled abroad to watch football.
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