prey on/upon someone's mind

Definition of prey on/upon someone's mind

  1. :  to make someone worry :  to be constantly on someone's mind Her growing debts preyed on her mind. The thought that he could have done better preyed on his mind.

Word by Word Definitions

preyplay
  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

uponplay
  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

mindplay
  1. :  recollection, memory

    :  the element or complex (see 1complex 1) of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons

    :  the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism

  1. :  remind

    :  remember

    :  to attend to closely


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