fall victim to

idiom

1
: to be attacked, injured, or killed by (someone or something)
Police think she may have fallen victim to a serial killer.
2
: to be affected badly by (something)
She fell victim to the flu.
He fell victim to a scam.
schools falling victim to budget cuts

Examples of fall victim to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Proceed cautiously and don’t fall victim to swindlers trying to steal money. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 Our homes often fall victim to mess, with piles of clutter appearing out of nowhere. Kat Romero, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024 In all 46 seasons since Survivor premiered in May 2000, only 27 players have been voted out with idols — with this season alone seeing Jem, Hunter, Tiffany, Venus and Q fall victim to this fate. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 The explanation for the cursed deck, and for these teens to fall victim to it, makes basic (if cinematic) sense: an astrologer (Suncica Milanovic) exacts revenge for a personal betrayal over centuries, and the present-day kids are too young and dumb not to pay attention to an actual warning sign. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 2 May 2024 The closest thing the story has to villains (other than Willy Wonka himself) are the misbehaved children who fall victim to Wonka’s contraptions, and Dahl clearly expects the reader to be greatly amused by their suffering. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 But some librarians fear that a plethora of material could fall victim to this definition of obscene content, including classical pieces of literature and other popular books, and lead to censorship. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2024 Sometimes baby sea otters get separated from their mothers, who might fall victim to a predator or get swept away during a storm. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Macron understands that if the Kremlin is not deterred in Ukraine, others will fall victim to its imperialist designs. Célia Belin, Foreign Affairs, 5 Apr. 2024

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“Fall victim to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20victim%20to. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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