English version

prey on somebody/something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprey on somebody/something phrasal verb1 HBAif an animal or bird preys on another animal or bird, it hunts and eats itpredator Cats prey on birds and mice.2 TRICK/DECEIVEto try to deceive or harm weaker people religious cults that specialize in preying on young people3 prey on somebody’s mindWORRIED to make someone worry continuously The accident has been preying on my mind all week. prey→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
prey on somebody’s mindBut his main preoccupation was with the unfinished Requiem, which had begun to prey on his mind.Important items which are left have a habit of preying on the mind.It was Tatiana preying on his mind.It began to prey on my mind so much that I went to the casualty department of Charing Cross Hospital.
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Verb table
prey
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyprey
he, she, itpreys
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypreyed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave preyed
he, she, ithas preyed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad preyed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill prey
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have preyed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam preying
he, she, itis preying
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you, we, theyare preying
Past
I, he, she, itwas preying
you, we, theywere preying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been preying
he, she, ithas been preying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been preying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be preying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been preying
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