taken advantage of

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See: aggrieved
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Moreover when a modification of structure has primarily arisen from the above or other unknown causes, it may at first have been of no advantage to the species, but may subsequently have been taken advantage of by the descendants of the species under new conditions of life and with newly acquired habits.
A trailing bamboo in the Malay Archipelago climbs the loftiest trees by the aid of exquisitely constructed hooks clustered around the ends of the branches, and this contrivance, no doubt, is of the highest service to the plant; but as we see nearly similar hooks on many trees which are not climbers, the hooks on the bamboo may have arisen from unknown laws of growth, and have been subsequently taken advantage of by the plant undergoing further modification and becoming a climber.
But we may confidently believe that many modifications, wholly due to the laws of growth, and at first in no way advantageous to a species, have been subsequently taken advantage of by the still further modified descendants of this species.
10 (ANI): In a strongly worded message to the Asian leaders, United States President Donald Trump has brought his hard-line economic nationalism to the world stage, stating that Washington will not be taken advantage of anymore.
Four people have taken advantage of exercise to assist them with their physical challenge all with a similar goal in mind.
Other discount retailers have taken advantage of current conditions to lease multiple locations.