prey on/upon

Definition of prey on/upon

  1. 1 :  to hunt and kill (something) for food The wolves prey on small animals.

  2. 2 :  to hurt, cheat, or steal from (someone) criminals who prey on lonely elderly people

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  spoil, booty

    :  an animal taken by a predator as food

    :  one that is helpless or unable to resist attack :  victim

  1. :  to make raids for the sake of booty

    :  to seize and devour prey

    :  to commit violence or robbery or fraud

  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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to criticize severely

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