rob(redirected from Rob Peter to pay Paul)
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v. robbed, rob•bing. v.t.
- bribe - From Old French, it was originally a piece of bread given to beggars; the original sense of bribe is "extort, rob."
- clip joint - Based on clip, meaning "swindle, rob."
- pilfer - Originally, pilfering was a serious matter, synonymous with plundering, but it came to mean "stealing small things"; its source was Anglo-Norman pelfrer, "plunder, rob."
- plunder - Etymologically, it means "rob of household goods," from Dutch plunde/plunne, "household goods."
The verb rob is often used in stories and newspaper reports.
If someone takes something that belongs to you without intending to return it, you can say that they rob you of it.
If something that belongs to you has been stolen, you can say that you have been robbed.
If someone takes several things from a building without intending to return them, you say that they rob the building.
Past participle: robbed
|Verb||1.||rob - take something away by force or without the consent of the owner; "The burglars robbed him of all his money"|
pick - pilfer or rob; "pick pockets"
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
|2.||rob - rip off; ask an unreasonable price|
extort, gouge, wring, rack, squeeze - obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
I've been robbed → On m'a volé.
to rob sb of sth [+ wallet, money, purse] → voler qch à qn
He was robbed of his wallet → On lui a volé son portefeuille.