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English definition of “prey on something/someone”

prey on something/someone

verb phrasal verb with prey
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)
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