Idiom:  take advantage (of someone/something)


idiom:  take advantage (of something or someone)

  1. to use an opportunity get or achieve something
  2. to exploit a weakness to obtain or achieve something
  3. to unfairly get something by persuasion

Example sentences

  • My roommate takes advantage of my dislike for conflict and eats a lot of my food in the refrigerator because she knows I won't confront her about it.
  • I really hate it when companies try to take advantage of elderly people by selling them worthless remedies and devices for their health.
  • It was very painful to recognize that my own sister took advantage of me by using me just for free room and board, rather than looking for a job as she promised.
  • Your company is taking advantage of the fact that you live two blocks from the office to make you work way more overtime compared to your colleagues.
  • We're going to New York in August so we can take advantage of the back to school sales.
  • Living in Washington DC is great because we can take advantage of all of the free museums and concerts.
  • I wanted to live in this particular building so I could take advantage of the fitness center, stores and restaurants that are in walking distance instead of having to drive and park everywhere.
  • When are you going to realize that your "friends" are just taking advantage of you because you have a car?
  • I took advantage of the great weather and just relaxed outside by the pool the entire weekend.


Make unfair demands/exploit meaning:

  • prey on
  • impose on
  • treat unfairly
  • step on

Make good use of an opportunity meaning:

  • capitalize on
  • make use of
  • put to good use
  • make the most of

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