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Synonyms for prey

quarry

prey on something or someone: hunt

prey on something or someone: worry

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one that is made to suffer injury, loss, or death

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a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

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animal hunted or caught for food

profit from in an exploitatory manner

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prey on or hunt for

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For, look you, they dream of making lucky voyages which will bring them more money, of becoming the mates of ships, of finding fortunes--in short, of being in a better position for preying on their fellows, of having all night in, good grub and somebody else to do the dirty work.
Verily, unto such a spirit it is preying, and the work of a beast of prey.
The occurrences of the previous day; the admirable conduct of Rebecca in refusing an offer so advantageous to her, the secret unhappiness preying upon her, the sweetness and silence with which she bore her affliction, made Miss Crawley much more tender than usual.
It excites a strange responsive creeping in my own nerves, and suggests hideous ideas of men dying in prison with the crawling creatures of the dungeon preying on them undisturbed.
And I felt ashamed of having been passed over by the fever which had been preying on every man's strength but mine, in order that my remorse might be the more bitter, the feeling of unworthiness more poignant, and the sense of responsibility heavier to bear.
For instance, boreholes produced by Polinices pulchellus (Donovan, 1804) preying on Cerastoderma edule (Linnaeus, 1758) deviated slightly from the umbo as prey size increased (Kingsley-Smith et al.
Prey classification by Portia fimbriata, a salticid spider that specializes at preying on other salticids: species that elicit cryptic stalking.
Most nurseries carry the most commonly employed beneficials - ladybugs, lacewings, preying mantids and decollate snails - in small containers.
Today, an astounding 12 million wild cats roam Australia, preying on native wildlife.