As charming as he was ruthless and fueled by sectarian hate, Mehsud preyed on military forces and civilians alike.
He also says that Vannoni preyed on those who had lost hope, because they had “less to lose.”
In the story, she was christened “The Hipster Grifter,” because she preyed upon skinny-jeaned Williamsburg sorts.
The film is about a very young aspiring actress who is preyed on by a much older, established star.
He is possessed by a fixed idea, and imagines that it is this fixed idea which has preyed upon him and broken him down.
They were but human beings, food for imposture, and preyed on by deceivers.
It preyed on his mind so violently, that he became one of the most miserable wretches in existence.
And after them went the cowardly dingoes that preyed on their young.
I was already speckled by the bites of a thousand swamp-flies and mosquitoes, that all night long had preyed upon me.
His face was dark with all the passions which had preyed upon the man.
mid-13c., "animal hunted for food," also "that which is taken in war," from Old French preie "booty, animal taken in the chase" (mid-12c., Modern French proie), from Latin praeda "booty, plunder, game hunted," earlier praeheda, related to prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile).
c.1300, "to plunder, pillage, ravage," from prey (n.) and in part from Old French preer, earlier preder (c.1040), from Late Latin praedare, from praeda (see prey (n.)). Its sense of "to kill and devour" is attested from mid-14c. Related: Preyed; preying.