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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 ​politicalcampaign that trades on people’s ​fear of ​crime.
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