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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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.
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.
The report states a boy (8) was assaulted in Feb 2 in Thirkhanwala; a girl (5) was molested on March 25 in Chak No 125; a boy (5) was assaulted in Sultanpur; on March 28, an eight-year-old fell prey to a predator in Pathankot; on May 19, a boy (8) was assaulted by in Doda; on June 1, a pedophile struck a boy (1) in Chak No 51-SB; on June 17, a boy (1) fell prey to a molester in Jhawarian; on Aug 8, a boy (9) was assaulted in Chak No 67-SB; on Aug 9, another boy (9) was assaulted in Jhal Chakian; a boy (4) was raped in Phularwan; on Nov 24, a boy (6) was assaulted in Chak No 7-ML; on Nov 27, a predator struck a boy (5) in Kotmin and on Dec 27, a man assaulted a boy (8) in Phularwan.
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.
Then, pets and finally a young man fell prey to the big cats.
As Commander Vaughn continues to explore the Gamma Quadrant in the Defiant, he and his crew get caught up in a feud among the inhabitants of a planet that helped them when they fell prey to a power-destroying weapon.
During that expensive initial visit, my widened eyes also fell prey to the photogenic looks of such roll concoctions as one titled ``monkey brain'' ($6.
During the 1980s, Kilgore lived in Marxist Zimbabwe, moving to South Africa after that country fell prey to the African National Congress and its Communist Party allies in 1994.
I never cared enough about my appearance to be that superficial, but I still fell prey to an unrelenting passion to destroy myself--anorexia.