Meaning of “prey on something/someone” in the English Dictionary


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prey on something/someone

phrasal verb with prey verb

to kill and eat an animal:

Lions prey on huge herds of wildebeest and zebra.
prey on

Someone who preys on a group of people tries to get something from them illegally or unfairly:

These telemarketers prey on the elderly and call them 5 or 10 times a day.

(Definition of “prey on something/someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)