- 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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- a male given name, form of Robert.
Examples from the Web for rob
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
I was naive enough to assume that he would, at most, rob me.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
And then, the very next day, an email arrived from my English department: “Rob, were you expecting a letter from the Unabomber?!”Was the Unabomber a Eugene O’Neill Fan?
Robert M. Dowling
November 6, 2014
This would give his gang plenty of time to rob the bank and make their getaway.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has put together a plan that would serve well as a blueprint.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
Would I rob Heaven and give the praise and honour to the creature?
But do you think I will rob my sister of her humble servant?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I—I can't have you rob this house, this particular house of all the world.
He went to Garson yesterday with a scheme to rob your house.
On enquiry, we learned these fellows had threatened to rob her shop.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- (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 rob
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.