The number of cases has led to speculation that a serial killer has been preying on women in the area.
A lot of the opposition was generated—skillfully—by Republicans preying on our fear of the unknown.
But young men have been “preying” on young women since the dawn of time.
Sandusky has been charged with preying on young boys over a 15-year period.
Finally, there are criminal elements that seem to be preying on all sides of the conflict.
The Iceland falcon and the ptarmigan have pretty much the same habitat, the one preying upon the other.
When the gourd is all flourishing, a worm may unseen be preying at its root!
You know only the half-breed savages who run the borderland, preying on Mexican and American alike.
How long have these fellows been preying upon the community?
He is an animal as active as fierce, and lives by preying on the kangaroos and other kindred animals.
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.