prey upon

prey upon
1) catch for food, kill and eat

Cats usually prey on mice and small birds if they can catch them.

2) cheat, rob

Criminals usually prey on people who are living in poor areas.


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  • prey upon sb/sth — prey on/upon sb/sth Phrasal Verb with prey( ► to harm somebody who is weaker than you are: »It is regrettable that such companies prey upon homeowners who are already experiencing financial difficulties …   Financial and business terms

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