verb (used with object), robbed, rob·bing.
verb (used without object), robbed, rob·bing.
- roasting ear,
- rob peter to pay paul,
- rob roy,
- rob someone blind,
- rob the cradle,
- rob the till
Origin of rob
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.
I was naive enough to assume that he would, at most, rob me.
And then, the very next day, an email arrived from my English department: “Rob, were you expecting a letter from the Unabomber?!”
This would give his gang plenty of time to rob the bank and make their getaway.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has put together a plan that would serve well as a blueprint.
It does not rob his joy of one rapture, but it keeps it from becoming careless.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2|Alexander Maclaren
He soon demonstrates how valuable he is to the firm by detecting the bookkeeper in a bold attempt to rob his employers.With the Swamp Fox|James Otis
Rob, did you see that puff of smoke coming out of the house then?The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields|Lieut. Howard Payson
We would not rob them, were it in our power to do so, of one jot or tittle of their rightful honor.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
And then the continual effort to degrade the Mass, to rob it of its mystery and holy character—it's clever, it's subtle.A Lost Cause|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
verb robs, robbing or robbed
Word Origin 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.