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 To do this, the commission needs to be more proactive in the prevention of securities fraud before Arizonans fall victim to it. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 After a prolonged ascent, stocks often fall victim to a phenomenon called profit-taking, when traders sell off some of their shares to lock in the returns. Max Zahn, ABC News, 25 June 2024 The UnitedHealth case illustrates how contraceptive rights can fall victim to the complexities of America’s fragmented healthcare system, though that’s not an excuse for the company’s legal violation. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2024 Proceed cautiously and don’t fall victim to swindlers trying to steal money. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fall victim to 

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“Fall victim to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20victim%20to. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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