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
During the pandemic, rob, an Australia-based father of an 18-year-old who spoke on the condition that only his first name be used, has let his daughter spend the night at the home of her boyfriend’s parents.Teen romance in the age of covid: What parents need to know | Elizabeth Heubeck | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
She is disarmingly honest and her inwardness doesn’t rob her of adulation.
For his part, Horan said he would always remember not just being robbed two decades ago, but also the sacrifices of his service-industry colleagues.Robbed at a Taco Bell 19 years ago, man surprises current employees with a holiday bonus | Marisa Iati | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Many have been caught up in the PR spin that has robbed the tavern style of its fame.If You Think Deep Dish Is Chicago’s True Pizza, Think Again | Joshua Eferighe | December 11, 2020 | Ozy
I'm a woman married to a man who is less than two years younger than I am, and I've been told on multiple occasions that I'm robbing the cradle.Carolyn Hax: The 10-year plan is his brainchild. Her 5-year plan is a child child. | Carolyn Hax | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Besides his obsessive preparations, Leslie introduced another tool to the bank-robbing trade —“the little joker.”
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.
He lived for some time as a bandit, robbing the subjects of the King of Gath, who had given him shelter.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Certainly Valerie deserved to conquer the ill health that was robbing her of so much of the zest of living.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
These worthy women would think they were robbing their dear village if they bought the least thing in Edinburgh.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
Do you suppose for an instant that I am robbing these people here in Newport merely for the vulgar purpose of acquiring money?Mrs. Raffles | John Kendrick Bangs
Next they held a council of war, the grand object of which was to hit upon some plan of robbing the friends of their new swag.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
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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