Definition of be/fall prey to
1 : to be killed by (an animal, disease, etc.) The deer fell prey to coyotes. Many people fell prey to disease.
2 : to be harmed or affected in a bad way by (someone or something) After the accident, she was prey to all kinds of anxieties. Some of his friends fell prey to drugs.
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