have mercy

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have mercy

  1. To show mercy or compassion; to stop inflicting punishment or a barrage.
    • 1844, Charles Dickens, The Chimes
      "I have learnt it!" cried the old man. "Oh, have mercy on me in this hour, if, in my love for her, so young and good, I slandered Nature in the breasts of mothers rendered desperate! Pity my presumption, wickedness, and ignorance, and save her!"