prey

prey1 [ preı ] noun uncount **
1. ) an animal that is caught by another animal and eaten:
Spiders usually catch their prey by building webs.
=> BIRD OF PREY
2. ) someone that a criminal or dishonest person attacks, cheats, or harms: VICTIM:
a hired killer stalking his prey
easy prey: Homeless children were easy prey for drug dealers and pimps in the capital.
fall/be/become prey to
to be attacked, cheated, or harmed by someone bad:
The refugees fell prey to criminal gangs.
prey
prey 2 [ preı ] verb
prey on someone's mind
if something preys on your mind, you think and worry about it all the time:
The criticism preyed on my mind.
`prey ,on or prey upon phrasal verb transitive
1. ) prey on/upon something to hunt another creature in order to eat it
2. ) prey on/upon someone to harm someone who is weak or cannot defend themselves:
The gang has been preying on foreign tourists.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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