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robber

[rob-er] /ˈrɒb ər/
noun
1.
a person who robs.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English robbere < Old French robere. See rob, -er1
Can be confused
burglar, mugger, robber, thief (see synonym study at thief)
Synonyms
highwayman, bandit, brigand; burglar. See thief.
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Examples for robber
  • It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
  • With all due respect, you are equating the industrious citizen with the bank robber.
  • We are living through a second gilded age with our own robber barons at the controls.
  • Others accused him of being a smuggler and a grave robber and denied him bread and water.
  • She asked him what had happened to his face where the robber had struck him.
  • The bank robber had a brief run as a national figure.
  • But then if you were a bank robber this, too, might seem welcoming.
  • His philanthropic activity also contradicts the stock image of the greedy robber baron.
  • Prison was his makeover, from detested robber baron to beloved martyr.
  • The next day people said a robber had been caught, killed, and his body burned.
Word Origin and History for robber
n.

late 12c., from Anglo-French robbere, Old French robeor, agent noun from rober (see rob). Robber baron in the "corrupt, greedy financier" sense is attested from 1870s, from a comparison of Gilded Age capitalists to medieval European warlords.

It is the attempt of the more shrewd to take advantage of the less shrewd. It is the attempt of the strong to oppress the weak. It is the old robber baron in his castle descending, after men have planted their crops, and stealing them. [Henry Ward Beecher, sermon, "Truthfulness," 1871]



Regulation by combination means that the railroad managers are feudal lords and that you are their serfs. It means that every car load of grain or other produce of your fields and shops that passes over the New York Central shall pay heavy toll for right of transit to Vanderbilt, the robber baron of our modern feudalism, who dominates that way. [W.C. Flagg, testimony to Congress, 1874]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for robber

robber

Related Terms

belly-robber, cradle-robber


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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