|—vb , robs, robbing, robbed|
|1.||(tr) to take something from (someone) illegally, as by force or threat of violence|
|2.||to plunder (a house, shop, etc)|
|3.||(tr) to deprive unjustly: to be robbed of an opportunity|
|[C13: from Old French rober, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German roubōn to rob]|
"Lord, hou schulde God approve þat þou robbe Petur, and gif þis robbere to Poule in þe name of Crist?" [Wyclif, c.1380]To rob the cradle is attested from 1940s. Robber baron in the "corrupt, greedy financier" sense is attested from 1878.