fall prey to something


fall prey to something
fall prey to (someone/something) to be harmed by someone or something.

We worry that our children will fall prey to the influence of bad kids.

Patients may fall prey to dishonest salespeople who say they can cure their pain.

Usage notes: sometimes used with verbs other than fall:

These people are prey to superstition, disease, and hunger.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • fall prey to something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall prey to someone — fall prey to (someone/something) to be harmed by someone or something. We worry that our children will fall prey to the influence of bad kids. Patients may fall prey to dishonest salespeople who say they can cure their pain. Usage notes:… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall prey to — (someone/something) to be harmed by someone or something. We worry that our children will fall prey to the influence of bad kids. Patients may fall prey to dishonest salespeople who say they can cure their pain. Usage notes: sometimes used with… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall prey to sb — be/fall prey to sb/sth ► to be harmed or deceived by someone or something : »The once successful property development company has fallen prey to the current economic crisis. ► FINANCE to be bought by a larger, more powerful company or… …   Financial and business terms

  • fall prey to sth — be/fall prey to sb/sth ► to be harmed or deceived by someone or something : »The once successful property development company has fallen prey to the current economic crisis. ► FINANCE to be bought by a larger, more powerful company or… …   Financial and business terms

  • be/fall prey to sb — be/fall prey to sb/sth ► to be harmed or deceived by someone or something : »The once successful property development company has fallen prey to the current economic crisis. ► FINANCE to be bought by a larger, more powerful company or… …   Financial and business terms

  • be/fall prey to sb/sth — ► to be harmed or deceived by someone or something : »The once successful property development company has fallen prey to the current economic crisis. ► FINANCE to be bought by a larger, more powerful company or organization: »The bank seems… …   Financial and business terms

  • be/fall prey to sth — be/fall prey to sb/sth ► to be harmed or deceived by someone or something : »The once successful property development company has fallen prey to the current economic crisis. ► FINANCE to be bought by a larger, more powerful company or… …   Financial and business terms

  • be/fall prey to — 1 : to be killed by (an animal, disease, etc.) The deer fell prey to coyotes. Many people fell prey to disease. 2 : to be harmed or affected in a bad way by (someone or something) After the accident, she was prey to all kinds of anxieties. Some… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prey — ▪ I. prey prey 1 [preɪ] verb prey on/​upon somebody/​something phrasal verb [transitive] to take advantage of people who are weak or easily deceived: • fake charities that prey on small businesses for contributions   [m0] ▪ II. prey prey 2 …   Financial and business terms


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