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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Sheriff John McInnes said the law allowed him to confiscate a vehicle even if it did not belong to the driver.
Specialised teams visit different regions to detect illegal poaching, confiscate any tools or equipment, and raise awareness about the dangers of poaching."
(TAP) - The confiscation committee will initiate legal proceedings to confiscate the property of six businessmen, merchants and a customs officer, it has announced at a press briefing Friday.
"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.
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.
The northern cities of the West Bank have been increasingly subjected to extensive military campaigns where Israeli troops raid cities and towns, arrest Palestinian youth and confiscate surveillance cameras since the shooting of an Israeli settler near the city of Nablus.
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).