fall prey to (someone or something)

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fall prey to (someone or something)

To have one's vulnerability exploited by someone or something, leading to harm, destruction, or manipulation; to become a victim of someone or something. It is unfortunately very common for elderly people to fall prey to online scam artists, who take advantage of their lack of technological know-how. Many major cities have fallen prey to terrorist activity in recent months.
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fall prey to something

COMMON If you fall prey to something bad, it happens to you or you are affected by it. On the flight from Paris to Toulon, Mechiche fell prey to panic. Children in evacuation centres are falling prey to disease.
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fall prey to

1 be hunted and killed by. 2 be vulnerable to or overcome by.
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be/fall ˈprey to something

(formal) be harmed or affected by something bad: He was often prey to doubt and despair.Thousands of small businesses are falling prey to high interest rates.
Prey is an animal, a bird, etc. that is hunted, killed and eaten by another animal.
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fall prey to

To be put into such a vulnerable position as to be at risk of harm, destruction, or invasion: a person who fell prey to swindlers; did not want the country to fall prey to terrorists.
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The various races had made war upon one another for ages, and the three higher types had easily bested the green savages of the water places of the world, but now that the receding seas necessitated constant abandonment of their fortified cities and forced upon them a more or less nomadic life in which they became separated into smaller communities they soon fell prey to the fierce hordes of green men.
God alone knows how many hundreds of our ancient ships fell prey to the roving steel sharks of blood-frenzied Europe.
Police see no political motive; PTI says workers fell prey to targeted killing
Mohammed Hidayatullah, a building technician with a private organisation in Muscat, fell prey to the fraudster who claimed to be from the bank where he had his savings account.
class="MsoNormalHe said he fell prey to an investment scheme which was created by foreigners in cohort with local prominent leaders.
MULTAN -- Speakers at a seminar disclosed on Friday that over 90 million Pakistanis are compelled to consume poisonous water as a result of which almost 50 million fell prey to killer diseases.
FAISALABAD -- As many as four passengers fell prey to swindlers in Faisalabad during the past 12 hours and were shifted to hospitals in critical condition.
As the town of Keighley fell prey to the same blizzards blighting much of the country this week, suspicion fell on one conspicuous property.
Next to depart were Hussain Talat and Asif Ali, who contributed a mere 9 runs between them before they also fell prey to Umaid, who took his tally to four wickets.
Summary: Many residents fell prey to the misleading claims of the fraudsters.
FAISALABAD -- Six passengers fell prey to swindlers here during the past 12 hours and they were shifted to hospitals where the condition of two was stated to be critical.
Rather, trees weakened by the drought likely fell prey to a different culprit: diseases and insects.
Karachi, Mar 14(ANI): The death toll in the ongoing wave of violence in Karachi since Thursday has mounted to thirty as nine more people fell prey to target killings in the metropolis on Sunday.
Stuart Kershaw was 25km into the fifth leg of the endurance test, which challenges runners to complete seven 50km runs on seven continents in seven days, when he fell prey to exhaustion and dehydration.
"I appreciate nothing will ever compensate the family of Gavin Robinson or the parents of the boy who fell prey to Sharon Edwards but I hope they will take some comfort from the fact that the ability to challenge sentencing decisions really can work."