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rifle2

[rahy-fuh l] /ˈraɪ fəl/
verb (used with object), rifled, rifling.
1.
to ransack and rob (a place, receptacle, etc.).
2.
to search and rob (a person).
3.
to plunder or strip bare.
4.
to steal or take away.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English rifel < Old French rifler to scratch, strip, plunder
Related forms
rifler, noun
Synonyms
1. See rob.
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British Dictionary definitions for rifler

rifle1

/ˈraɪfəl/
noun
1.
  1. a firearm having a long barrel with a spirally grooved interior, which imparts to the bullet spinning motion and thus greater accuracy over a longer range
  2. (as modifier) rifle fire
2.
(formerly) a large cannon with a rifled bore
3.
one of the grooves in a rifled bore
4.
(pl)
  1. a unit of soldiers equipped with rifles
  2. (capital when part of a name) the Rifle Brigade
verb (transitive)
5.
to cut or mould spiral grooves inside the barrel of (a gun)
6.
to throw or hit (a ball) with great speed
Word Origin
C18: from Old French rifler to scratch; related to Low German rifeln from riefe groove, furrow

rifle2

/ˈraɪfəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to search (a house, safe, etc) and steal from it; ransack
2.
to steal and carry off to rifle goods from a shop
Derived Forms
rifler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rifler to plunder, scratch, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for rifler

rifle

n.

1775, "portable firearm having a spirally grooved bore," used earlier of the grooves themselves (1751), noun use of rifled (pistol), 1680s, from verb meaning "to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel); see rifle (v.2).

v.

"to plunder," early 14c. (implied in rifling), from Old French rifler "strip, filch, plunder, peel off (skin or bark), fleece," literally "to graze, scratch" (12c.), probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old English geriflian "to wrinkle," Old High German riffilon "to tear by rubbing," Old Norse rifa "to tear, break"). Related: Rifled; rifling.

"to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel), 1630s, probably from French rifler, from Old French rifler "to scratch or groove" (see rifle (v.1)). Related: Rifled; rifling.

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