(a )prey to


(a )prey to
   suffering from
   The victimization is in most cases figurative, as with those who describe themselves as being a prey to dyspepsia, for example. Not so the obsolete British prey to the bicorn, a cuckold. The bicorn was a mythical twohorned beast which devoured men whose wives dominated or deceived them. Its counterpart, the chichevache, which ate obedient wives, was reputed to feed but rarely.

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