At someone’s mercy

see: at the mercy of


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  • At someone’s service

    an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service. the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public. the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.: The manufacturer guarantees service and parts. the […]

  • At stake

    something that is wagered in a game, race, or contest. a monetary or commercial interest, investment, share, or involvement in something, as in hope of gain: I have a big stake in the success of the firm. a personal or emotional concern, interest, involvement, or share: Parents have a big stake in their children’s happiness. […]

  • At-stud

    a studhorse or stallion. an establishment, as a farm, in which horses are kept for breeding. a number of horses, usually for racing or hunting, bred or kept by one owner. a male animal, as a bull or ram, kept for breeding. a herd of animals kept for breeding. Slang. a man, especially one who […]

  • At sword’s point

    Also, at swords’ points. Antagonistic, hostile, as in Father and son were at swords’ points. Dating from the days when swords were used to settle quarrels, the idiom today generally signifies only a bitter quarrel.

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