Exploit verb \ik-ˈsploit, ˈek-ˌ\

a: to make productive use of :  utilize <exploiting your talents> <exploit your opponent’s weakness>

b:  to make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage <exploiting migrant farm workers>

“He became, for us, a thing to be avoided, outsmarted, and exploited.”

The Shawl paragraph 11

Initially I thought of exploited as a noun and it didn’t make much sense since the other two words were verbs. The father was a thing for that was to be avoided, outsmarted and utilized.

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