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English definition of “prey on sb”

prey on sb

verb uk phrasal verb with prey   /preɪ/ us  
to hurt or deceive a group of people, especially people who are weak or can easily be hurt or deceived: He would attack at night, preying on lone women in their twenties or thirties. It's particularly contemptible that these sort of people prey on the elderly.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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