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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: rober

rob

verb
     
rob S3 past tense and past participle robbed, present participle robbing [transitive]
1SCC 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
They threatened to shoot him and robbed him of all his possessions.
! 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.
2

rob Peter to pay Paul

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.
3

rob somebody blind

informal to steal everything someone has:
The minute your back's turned, they'll rob you blind.
4

I/we was robbed!

British English spokenDS used when you think that you were beaten unfairly in a sport
5

rob the cradle

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 something

phrasal verb
to take away an important quality, ability etc from someone or something:
The illness robbed him of a normal childhood.
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