Meaning of “be/fall prey to sth” in the English Dictionary

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"be/fall prey to sth" in British English

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be/fall prey to sth

C2 to be hurt or deceived by someone or something bad:

Small children are prey to all sorts of fears.

(Definition of “be/fall prey to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)