prey on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prey 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

Word by Word Definitions

prey play
  1. : spoil, booty

  2. : an animal taken by a predator as food

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

  1. : to make raids for the sake of booty

  2. : to seize and devour prey

  3. : to commit violence or robbery or fraud

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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