rob someone blind

Cheat someone in an unusually deceitful or thorough fashion, as in The nurse was robbing the old couple blind. This idiom may allude to robbing a blind beggar, who cannot see that the cup collecting donations is being emptied. [Mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. roasting ear,
  2. roastingly,
  3. rob,
  4. rob peter to pay paul,
  5. rob roy,
  6. rob the cradle,
  7. rob the till,
  8. robalo,
  9. roband,
  10. robbe-grillet

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