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Paul Pry

A nosy, meddlesome person. The phrase refers to the title character of a 19th-century play by John Poole. Come on, Paul Pry, stop asking so many questions about my personal life!
See also: Paul, pry

rob Peter to pay Paul

To borrow or take money from one person or source to fund or repay the debt of another. Mr. Hardy's law firm has fallen into arrears of late, and he's been robbing Peter to pay Paul just to keep the business afloat. Never use a credit card to pay a debt—that's just robbing Peter to pay Paul!
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be robbing Peter to pay Paul

To be borrowing or taking money from one person or source to fund or repay the debt of another. Mr. Hardy's law firm has fallen into arrears of late, and he's been robbing Peter to pay Paul just to keep the business afloat. Never use a credit card to pay a debt—that's just robbing Peter to pay Paul!
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rob Peter to pay Paul

Fig. to take or borrow from one in order to give or pay something owed to another. Why borrow money to pay your bills? That's just robbing Peter to pay Paul. There's no point in robbing Peter to pay Paul. You will still be in debt.
See also: Paul, pay, peter, rob

rob Peter to pay Paul

Take from one to give to another, shift resources. For example, They took out a second mortgage on their house so they could buy a condo in Florida-they're robbing Peter to pay Paul . Although legend has it that this expression alludes to appropriating the estates of St. Peter's Church, in Westminster, London, to pay for the repairs of St. Paul's Cathedral in the 1800s, the saying first appeared in a work by John Wycliffe about 1382.
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be robbing Peter to pay Paul

If someone is robbing Peter to pay Paul, they are using money that is meant for one thing to pay for something else. I have not starved yet but I am very conscious of failing to pay back debts, of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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rob Peter to pay Paul

take something away from one person to pay another, leaving the former at a disadvantage; discharge one debt only to incur another.
This expression probably arose in reference to the saints and apostles Peter and Paul , who are often shown together as equals in Christian art and who therefore may be presumed to be equally deserving of honour and devotion. It is uncertain whether a specific allusion is intended; variants of the phrase include unclothe Peter and clothe Paul and borrow from Peter to pay Paul .
1997 New Scientist So far, NASA has been able to rob Peter to pay Paul, taking money from the shuttle and science programmes to keep the ISS on track.
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rob ˌPeter to pay ˈPaul

(saying) take money from one area and spend it in another: Government spending on education has not increased. Some areas have improved, but only as a result of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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rob Peter to pay Paul

To incur a debt in order to pay off another debt.
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rob Peter to pay Paul

Use funds from one source to repay a debt. If you use one credit card to pay off another, even if you're benefiting by buying time, you're robbing Peter to pay Paul. How the phrase came to be associated with what would seem to be the two apostles is a mystery, since neither was associated with precarious financial planning.
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Succumbing to this pressure, Pauline and Cholly Breedlove, Pecola's parents, embrace the nuclear family model, but are not able to maintain this gendered division; consequently, they are forced by economic circumstance into a role reversal in which the wife is the primary breadwinner.
Pauline is one of those background characters which others bounce off, but to me she has never been a stalwart of the show.
Pauline first trod the boards while studying on a secretarial course at Huddersfield Technical College.
BRIDE Pauline Azzoo watched in horror as her pounds 300 shoes fell apart hours after her wedding.
Schrickel then launched a prolonged sexual and physical assault on Pauline, throttling her as she slipped in and out of consciousness.
Colleagues organised a special presentation for Pauline and with flowers, gifts and a cake.
The African Ebola survivor who appeared on stage with Pauline told last night how he was inspired by her bravery.
CHAMPION PROFILE Name: Pauline Gibbon Age: 63 Occupation: Retired teacher Home town: Sutton Coldfield Brief description Walmley Golf Club's former Lady Captain Pauline Gibbon chose Birmingham Children's Hospital as her charity of the year, and has raised over PS8,000 for the Cancer Centre Appeal.
Pauline jumped to her death from the Menai Bridge between Anglesey and the North Wales mainland last May.
Pauline, who started her working life in a corner shop and a fish and chip shop, said she had never done bar work before.
La Pauline station remains in operation (6:00-20:30) during construction.
As young women, Rowan (Celia Imrie) married "up" and Pauline married "down".
Pauline Murphy, 69, flew to Liverpool from her New Zealand home last year in the hope of finding Ronald and John, who she was separated from when they were taken into care as children.
His thirteen-year marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer has been addressed in multiple biographies and might seem to have been covered adequately already.