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.
Idioms about rob
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.
- un·robbed, adjective
Other definitions for Rob (2 of 2)
a male given name, form of Robert.
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How to use rob in a sentence
This robs you of the opportunity to expand your potential consumer market and get more traffic.Five great ways responsive web design benefits your SEO | Jos Davies | November 25, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
I am 31 — yes, robbing the cradle — and I would say marriage and children for me are more of a three- to five-year plan.Carolyn Hax: The 10-year plan is his brainchild. Her 5-year plan is a child child. | Carolyn Hax | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
If Spears’s fans think someone is keeping them from direct access to Britney, then they can understand themselves as being robbed of the part of Britney’s persona that made her so compelling to begin with.Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive | Constance Grady | November 11, 2020 | Vox
Our unoccupied safety gets to “rob” any throws into that zone.In effective pass coverage, what you see isn’t always what you get | Richard Johnson | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
A man and a woman lured a person into a park and ride area, then robbed the person of property and stabbed him.
He was beaten and robbed when sent to tour Europe, after which he made his way back to England.
Some people were chased; some robbed; two men were beaten unconscious.
He worked closely for years with many of the curators and librarians he eventually robbed.
Pacino—Dad called him “Al”—played Sonny, a desperate guy who robbed a bank in Brooklyn.
Being robbed, beaten, and killed in pogroms was not a sufficient incentive to stay.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself | P. J. O’Rourke | May 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jacob robbed his brother of his birthright by trading on his hunger; Joseph robbed a whole people in the same way.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
The rich Chinese were robbed and the labouring class were pressed into service fit for beasts of burden.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
“But you know you like to be robbed for a good cause,” chuckled Amy, who chanced to hear these comments.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
It cost him something like half a dollar an acre, and Landers considered he had robbed the hardware merchant of a machine.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Whether he had shot a man, or robbed a bank, or fired a church, the incipient accusation died away.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for rob
(tr) to take something from (someone) illegally, as by force or threat of violence
to plunder (a house, shop, etc)
(tr) to deprive unjustly: to be robbed of an opportunity
- robber, noun
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