beast of prey

beast of prey

n
(Zoology) any animal that hunts other animals for food
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Verily, unto such a spirit it is preying, and the work of a beast of prey.
These they kept ever pointed toward the beast of prey, and I learned from snatches of the conversation I overheard that occasionally there might be a lion who would brave even the terrors of fire to leap in upon human prey.
It is not a nice way to die--alone, with one's hands fast bound, beneath the fangs and talons of a beast of prey. No, it is not a nice way to die, not a pretty way.
So, with the cunning of a madman, I backed into the far corner of my cell when next I heard him approaching and gathering a little slack of the great chain which held me in my hand I waited his coming, crouching like some beast of prey. As he stooped to place my food upon the ground I swung the chain above my head and crashed the links with all my strength upon his skull.
With the rifle shots of the white men showering about him he had reverted to the savagery of the beast that is inherent in each of us, but that flamed more strongly in this boy whose father had been raised a beast of prey. He wore his leopard skin at first in response to a desire to parade a trophy of his prowess, for he had slain the leopard with his knife in a hand-to-hand combat.
Crouching beside the brook, I waited until one of the diminutive purple whales rose to nibble at the long grasses which overhung the water, and then, like the beast of prey that man really is, I sprang upon my victim, appeasing my hunger while he yet wriggled to escape.
Like a beast of prey, grim and terrible, Tarzan crouched in the shadows beside the tent.
Tarzan crawled, belly to the ground, toward him, taking advantage of cover as only the jungle-bred beast of prey can do.
The car ran silently like a beast of prey. So unsuspicious was Helen that she was sitting on the porch, with her back to the road.
The barest fraction of a second before his spring another beast of prey above him leaped, its weird and savage cry mingling with his.
He looked back to see if any member of the tribe was close pressed by the beast of prey, and the sight that met his eyes filled them with an expression of horror.
He waited in the infinite patience of the beast of prey. Presently but two of the warriors remained awake, and one of these was dozing.