Значение идиомы prey on

[prey on] or [prey upon] {v.} 1. To habitually kill and eat; catchfor food.

Cats prey on mice.

2. To capture or take in spoils ofwar or robbery.

Pirates preyed on American ships in the years justafter the Revolutionary War.

3. To cheat; rob.

Gangsters preyed onbusinesses of many kinds while the sale of liquor was prohibited.

4.To have a tiring and weakening effect on; weaken.

Ill health hadpreyed on him for years.

Business worries preyed on his mind.

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