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 robbing
Holsey admitted to killing a police officer after robbing a convenience store.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Julia Grinberg|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A 24-hour moratorium on robbing convenience store late shifts.
Al was robbing the bank so he could afford a sex-change operation for the guy.
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|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A constable came up and took me into custody for robbing the turnip field.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
Mr. Hamblin, certainly you do not think me capable of robbing the bank?The Cleverdale Mystery or, The Machine and its Wheels|W. A. Wilkins
They were barbarians: robbing appeared to them easier and more honorable than producing.The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State|Frederick Engels
Roving bands ravaged the country, plundering the people, holding the forests, and robbing collectors of Crown revenue.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
There was no occasion he maintained, for robbing them of an hour of their sleep.A Soldier's Trial|Charles King
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.