act of mercy meaning, act of mercy definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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mercy  

  ( mercies    plural  )
1       n-uncount   If someone in authority shows mercy, they choose not to harm someone they have power over, or they forgive someone they have the right to punish.  
Neither side took prisoners or showed any mercy..., They cried for mercy but their pleas were met with abuse and laughter...     
2       adj   Mercy is used to describe a special journey to help someone in great need, such as people who are sick or made homeless by war.     (JOURNALISM)   ADJ n  
She vanished nine months ago while on a mercy mission to West Africa...     
3       n-count   If you refer to an event or situation as amercy, you mean that it makes you feel happy or relieved, usually because it stops something unpleasant happening.  
usu a N  
It really was a mercy that he'd died so rapidly at the end...     
4    If one person or thing is at the mercyof another, the first person or thing is in a situation where they cannot prevent themselves being harmed or affected by the second.  
at the mercy of someone      phrase   with poss, usu PHR after v, v-link PHR  
Buildings are left to decay at the mercy of vandals and the weather...     
5    If you tell someone who is in an unpleasant situation that they should be grateful or thankful for small mercies, you mean that although their situation is bad, it could be even worse, and so they should be happy.  
grateful/thankful for small mercies      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
But so low has morale sunk that the team and the fans would have been grateful for small mercies.     


mercy killing        ( mercy killings    plural  ) A mercy killing is an act of killing someone who is very ill, in order to stop them suffering any more pain.      n-var  
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id.
une catastrophe naturelle
v.
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
[Slang]
n.
blend of "slacker" and "activism". Act of participating to pointless activities as a type of activism.
Signing on-line petitions or wearing bracelets against war are forms of slacktivism
n.
a portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
n.
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing
n.
the act of transferring virtual content or value on the Internet to a specific destination
[Tech.]
n.
the act of changing the ownership of a virtual property from one person to another
[Tech.]
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
exp.
1.act silly; 2. avoid work
[Slang]
exp.
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
exp.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
exp.
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
exp.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.

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