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 handbag [no object]: he was convicted of assault with intent to robMore 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 (usually be robbed) • informal Overcharge (someone) for something: Bob thinks my suit cost $100, and even then he thinks I was robbed
- 1.3Deprive (someone or something) of something needed, deserved, or significant: poor health has robbed her of a normal social lifeMore example sentences
deprive, strip, divest; deny
- 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.
rob Peter to pay Paul
- Take something away from one person to pay another, leaving the former at a disadvantage; discharge one debt only to incur another.[probably with reference to the 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."
rob someone blind
- see blind.
Middle English: from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; related to the verb reave.