rob S3 past tense and past participle robbed, present participle robbing [transitive]
to steal money or property from a person, bank etc [↪ steal, burgle]:
They killed four policemen while robbing a bank.
A 77-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint.
rob somebody of something! Someone can rob a person or place, but you cannot say that they rob an object or amount of money. Use steal: He robbed a bank, stealing cash and valuables worth $500,000.
They threatened to shoot him and robbed him of all his possessions.
to take money away from someone or something that needs it in order to pay someone else or use it for something else:
Taking money out of the hospital's budget for this is simply robbing Peter to pay Paul.
to steal everything someone has:
The minute your back's turned, they'll rob you blind.
4 British English spokenDS
used when you think that you were beaten unfairly in a sport
5 American English
to have a sexual relationship with someone who is a lot younger than you - used humorously [= cradle-snatch British English]
rob somebody/something of somethingphrasal verb
The illness robbed him of a normal childhood.