verb (robs, robbing, robbed)[with object]
- 1Take property unlawfully from (a person or place) by force or threat of force: he tried, with three others, to rob a bank she was robbed of her handbagMore example sentences
- While in Hawaii for a surf contest, Frank and Joe's hotel room is robbed.
- Being robbed of the £1,000 deposit for a new flat is the last thing Paul Hunt needs at the moment.
- When asked why he robbed banks, a noted criminal's famous reply was ‘That's where the money is.’
- 1.1 • informal Overcharge (someone) for something: Bob thinks my suit cost £70, and even then he thinks I was robbedMore example sentences
- The works are being done but they (insurance companies) are just robbing us blind, " she said.
- The airline robbed me blind again, of which more in another post.
- 1.3 (rob someone of) Deprive someone of (something needed or deserved): poor health has robbed her of a normal social lifeMore example sentences
- This detracts from the impressions of true giants, robbing them of the respect they deserve.
- Overjoyed members of Ward's family said he had been robbed of six years of his life after the short hearing concluded.
- However big the reparation they receive, it will never replace what they have been robbed of.
- 1.4 Soccer Deprive (an opposing player) of the ball: Hughes robbed Vonk yards inside the City halfMore example sentences
- After robbing John Hughes of possession his drive was parried by the Falkirk goalkeeper, and Tunbridge could only lob the rebound over the bar.
- There were early flashes, Figo robbed Iulian Filipesco of the ball in the fifth minute to supply Numo Gomes with a shot that darted past the left post.
- Robson had robbed David Lilley of the ball and just managed to fend off the Kilmarnock defenders.
rob Peter to pay Paul
- Take something away from one person to pay another; discharge one debt only to incur another: mainstream funding for the college was a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, reducing the budget all around for other colleges[probably with reference to the saints and apostles Peter and Paul; the allusion is uncertain, the phrase often showing variations such as 'unclothe Peter and clothe Paul', 'borrow from Peter …', etc.]More example sentences
- It is an example of that adage of politics: ‘Any program that robs Peter to pay Paul will have the enthusiastic support of Paul.’
- He described the move, which involves taking €20m from the third-level capital programme for this year, as robbing Peter to pay Paul.
- "While it has been great for local staff to have the opportunity to move up the ranks, it's been a situation of robbing Peter to pay Paul."
Middle English: from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; related to the verb reave.