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confiscate (something) from (someone)

To take something away from someone, often as a form of punishment. I always confiscate cell phones from students who try to use them in my classroom.
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confiscate something from someone or something

to seize or impound something from someone or a group. The police confiscated all the stolen property from the suspect's garage. The clean confiscated the beer from the dormitory.
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The new rules will allow member states to confiscate assets acquired through similar crimes, inter alia in cases of active and passive corruption in the private sector, active and passive corruption involving officials of EU institutions or of EU member states, participation in a criminal organisation, child pornography or cybercrime.
Patrols of Border Guard Confiscate Weapons in Jazan" Jazan, Safar 23, 1435, Dec 26, 2013, SPA -- The patrols of the Border Guard in Jazan Region confiscated 185 pistols and 370 ammunition from a smuggler during routine checks along the border today.
The new rule was issued by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who instructed Sharjah Police on Tuesday to permanently confiscate vehicles and motorbikes with modified exhaust systems that disturb the peace across the emirate's neighbourhoods.
SCHOOLS were told yesterday that they do have the power to confiscate mephedrone from pupils - despite it not being banned under the law.
If those riding bikes are found to be doing so without complying with these requirements and are doing so inappropriately, then the police have powers to confiscate and possibly scrap the bike.
The airport is also having to confiscate aerosols and soft drinks among the more unusual items.
Head of the Village Council, Ahmad Sukar, told PNN that the farmers Saber Manasra and Jum'a Yousef Assaf have found the Israeli notices which show that Israel will confiscate 60 acres of their land in al-Bas and Khelit Arar adjacent to Tzur Hadassah settlement.
Summary: BEIRUT: Police checkpoints were erected in Iqlim al-Kharroub on Thursday in order to confiscate illegal motorbikes, reported the state-run National News Agency (NNA).
While the reason behind such orders to confiscate his property were not made clear, the value of what has been confiscated amounts to about ILS 500.