prey on/upon

phrasal verb

preyed on/upon; preying on/upon; preys on/upon
1
: to hunt and kill (something) for food
The wolves prey on small animals.
2
: to hurt, cheat, or steal from (someone)
criminals who prey on lonely elderly people

Examples of prey on/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An important next step in understanding the spotted lanternfly will be deducing which local species can prey on the insects, and how this could be utilized to help control their population. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2024 Diseases like rickets and typhoid that traditionally prey on the malnourished dropped. Kaete O’Connell / Made By History, TIME, 22 May 2024 There is a growing body of evidence from other states showing that cougars regularly prey on gray wolves. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 15 May 2024 In the meantime, other users on social media have expressed support for Google's effort to harness AI to stop scams, which often prey on less tech-savvy users. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 15 May 2024 Researchers have previously proposed what’s known as the endurance pursuit hypothesis—the theory that human bodies evolved to chase down prey on foot until the other animal can’t run anymore. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 Our ancient ancestors relied on hunting and gathering, catching prey on the run and collecting edible plants at every opportunity. Stephen Wooding, The Conversation, 1 May 2024 The king of the dinosaurs may have not been the only Cretaceous carnivore to prey on its own kin. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2024 There’s also an inherent class critique in Ripley’s ability to prey upon these privileged expatriates, the proverbial shark among minnows. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024

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“Prey on/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prey%20on%2Fupon. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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