be/fall prey to

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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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“Be/fall prey to.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/be/fall%20prey%20to. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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