- to take something from (someone) by unlawful force or threat of violence; steal from.
- to deprive (someone) of some right or something legally due: They robbed her of her inheritance.
- to plunder or rifle (a house, shop, etc.).
- to deprive of something unjustly or injuriously: The team was robbed of a home run hitter when the umpire called it a foul ball. The shock robbed him of his speech.
- Mining. to remove ore or coal from (a pillar).
- to commit or practice robbery.
- rob Peter to pay Paul, to take something from one person or thing to pay one's debt or hypothetical debt to another, as to sacrifice one's health by overworking.
Origin of rob
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Examples from the Web for robbing
Holsey admitted to killing a police officer after robbing a convenience store.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
Brute is the story of Mac and Jesse, two disenfranchised teens who turn to robbing houses as a form of recreation and quick cash.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
A 24-hour moratorium on robbing convenience store late shifts.The Ridiculousness of Father's Day
P. J. O’Rourke
June 15, 2014
Al was robbing the bank so he could afford a sex-change operation for the guy.Almost Famous: A Father's Day Story
June 15, 2014
But I intend to rob him again someday, ladies and gentlemen, because robbing Howie is what I do best.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
You'll be robbing your friend of nothing, if you speak to her.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Let us, if need be, tell the truth to Evelyn, robbing the truth only of its shame.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
They were not robbing the consignees in this raid upon the freight train.The Law-Breakers
They used to hear about him robbing and burglaring now and then, but that was years ago.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
They were robbing him, the zouaves and chasseurs were plundering his house.The Downfall
- (tr) to take something from (someone) illegally, as by force or threat of violence
- to plunder (a house, shop, etc)
- (tr) to deprive unjustlyto be robbed of an opportunity
Word Origin and History for robbing
late 12c., from Old French rober "rob, steal, pillage, ransack, rape," from West Germanic *rauba "booty" (cf. Old High German roubon "to rob," roub "spoil, plunder;" Old English reafian, source of the reave in bereave), from Proto-Germanic *raubon "to rob," from PIE *reup-, *reub- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)).
Lord, hou schulde God approve þat þou robbe Petur, and gif þis robbere to Poule in þe name of Crist? [Wyclif, c.1380]
To rob the cradle is attested from 1864 in reference to drafting young men in the American Civil War; by 1949 in reference to seductions or romantic relationships with younger persons. Related: Robbed; robbing.