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verb (robs, robbing, robbed)[with object]
- 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.]
- see blind.
Middle English: from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; related to the verb reave