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predatory

adjective uk   /ˈpred.ə.tər.i/ us    /-tɔːr-/
A predatory animal kills and eats other animals: The owl is a predatory bird which kills its prey with its claws. mainly disapproving A predatory person or organization tries to get something that belongs to someone else: The company spent much effort in avoiding takeover bids from predatory competitors. disapproving describes someone who expresses sexual interest in a very obvious way: I hate going to bars on my own because men look at you in such a predatory way.
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