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despoil (something) of (something)

To rob something valuable from a particular place or thing. I can't believe that a thief despoiled the art museum of an original Picasso. It seems that someone despoiled the ancient tomb of its jewels before we got here.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

despoil something of something

to make something, such as a town, tomb, or building, lose value by stealing from it; to rob something of something. The vandals despoiled the castle of much of its furnishings. The land was despoiled of its fertility by overplanting.
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Gedicks explains how the mining industry has: leveraged political influence to win exemptions from environmental rules that would severely restrict its scope of operation; blackmailed governments, demanding huge compensation for agreeing not to despoil indigenous lands; looked to state and national government to override local and state laws protecting indigenous interests; and undertaken major greenwashing public relations campaigns to convince the public that environmentally devastating projects will have benign consequences.
No contemporary observer could have failed to recognize in the figures of the virgin Pallas with the bound Cupid, despoiled of his feathers and armaments, a direct allusion to Petrarch's Triumph of Chastity from the Trionfi, a universally beloved poem that we have already seen inspired many festival cars and the numerous depictions of them in art (among them Sellaio's Triumphs).
Replace love and peace instead of fights Observe how we pollute and despoil Then severely waste our supply of oil Watch as we destroy the air that keeps us going
His message seemed to be that individual action and responsibility with regard to the environment is pointless because China will despoil the planet whatever we do as individuals.
The more people who know how incredibly diverse and rich the wildlife populations are up there, the more people will realize that some things are too precious to despoil for petroleum.
He said the new airport proposed on green belt land would "despoil forever one of the most beautiful parts of England".
First is the increasingly common but untenable characterization of the medieval period, beginning with Lynn White's troubling misreading of the Genesis injunction in 1:28 to "replenish the earth, and subdue it," as being responsible for the notion that people have a divine brief to subjugate and despoil nature rather than act in due humility as stewards over it.
WE do not need to despoil our hillsides with shrieking turbines.
CLF opposes the Bush administration's policies that threaten to despoil millions of acres of pristine forest--including over 100,000 acres in New England's Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forests--that provide wildlife habitat, clean water and recreational opportunities.
Pressure for development has been partly resisted by the Government, which wants local authorities to approve new-build on brownfield sites rather than despoil further the countryside.
We cannot continue to squander our natural heritage and despoil our home for the accumulation of mere trinkets.
If allowed to take over and despoil these species' spawning grounds, the mollusks could jeopardize the walleye fishing industry (valued at $900 million a year in Lake Erie alone) and thwart efforts to reintroduce lake trout to the Great Lakes, just as the trout have begun to recover from massive predation by another Great Lakes invader, the sea lamprey.
It's the same scheme that gives the owners of windmill installations the right to despoil the countryside and laugh all the way to the bank with their subsidies.
He said: "These paths may have been open centuries ago for horse drawn vehicles but they are not suitable for mechanically propelled vehicles which will despoil the countryside."
The mannequins peek around screens, rise from their repose, fall senseless to the ground having lost at cards, endure each others' infidelities, despoil each other in the most tasteful and least earthly or passionate of ways, and in general behave pretty much as did those who originally sported the fantasies of silk and lace, male and female, arranged upon their bodies.