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Prey on

DEFINITION

Profit from someone’s weakness or naivete. Take advantage of or hurt someone. The word ‘prey’ demonstrates an eagle attacking a squirrel, thusly the phrase implies a more powerful entity attacking a weaker one. (Compare to Rip-off, Hornswoggle or Take for a ride.)

“The bank was fined for wrongful business practices because they would prey on their customers with illegal loans.”

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