prey on

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prey on

  1. (transitive) To eat (as prey)
    Owls prey on small mammals, such as mice.
  2. (transitive) to exploit
    • 2013 January 22, Phil McNulty, “Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4)”, BBC:
      Bradford had preyed on Villa's inability to defend set pieces, corners in particular, in their first-leg win and took advantage of the weakness again as Hanson equalised to restore their two-goal aggregate lead.