have mercy

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

have mercy (to have mercy)

  1. To show mercy or compassion; to stop inflicting punishment or a barrage.
    The mean boss would have mercy on the marginally performing employee, except he was in a foul mood today and decided to say what he really thought of her.

Usage notes[edit]

The phrase have mercy was a popular catchphrase for the character Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) on the television series "Full House."