v. robbed, rob·bing, robs
a. Law To take property from (a person) illegally by using or threatening to use violence or force; commit robbery upon.
b. To steal something from (a place, vehicle, or institution, for example): Bandits robbed the train.
c. To steal (money or valuables): robbed money out of the till.
a. To deprive unjustly of something belonging to, desired by, or legally due (someone): robbed her of her professional standing.
b. To deprive of something injuriously: a parasite that robs a tree of its sap.
To engage in or commit robbery.
rob Peter to pay Paul
To incur a debt in order to pay off another debt.
rob (someone) blind
To rob in an unusually deceitful or thorough way: robbed the old couple blind while employed as a companion.
rob the cradle Informal
To have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone significantly younger than oneself.
[Middle English robben, from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; see reup- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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