despoil (something) of (something)

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despoil (something) of (something)

To rob something valuable from a particular place or thing. I can't believe that someone despoiled the art museum by stealing an original Picasso. It seems that someone else despoiled the ancient tomb of its jewels before we got here.
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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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