Meaning of “trade on/upon something” in the English Dictionary

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trade on/upon something

phrasal verb with trade us /treɪd/ verb [ I/T ]

to use something for your own advantage, esp. unfairly:

He ran the kind of political campaign that trades on people’s fear of crime.

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