rob (someone or something) of (something)

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rob (someone or something) of (something)

1. To steal something from someone or something. He installed a computer virus that robs the company of tiny amounts of money every single time a bank transaction is carried out. The mugger robbed me of my passport and all my cash, but thankfully he ran off before he got my phone.
2. To deprive something from someone or something. He really robbed me of my dignity with the way he chastised me in front of everyone. The trees' leaves have become so large and numerous that they are actually robbing the vegetation on the jungle floor of precious sunlight.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rob someone of something

to deprive someone of something, not necessarily by theft. What you have done has robbed me of my dignity! If you do that, you will rob yourself of your future.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rob of

1. To deprive someone of something by stealing it: The thief robbed us of our money. I was robbed of my car.
2. To deprive something or someone of something, to injurious effect: This parasite robs trees of sap. The malicious rumor robbed me of my professional standing.
See also: of, rob
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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This is the way that God teaches us to be meek and patient, and the thought that He has willed it so should rob us of our fears and help us bear the years.
"Rob us of this prisoner and our death-dance, and you yourself may have to take his place."
"We mustn't let next week rob us of this week's joy.
And should the stranger living in our land Seek by enforced privilege or craft To rob us of our profits?
Travel and experience mar the grandest pictures and rob us of the most cherished traditions of our boyhood.
Whatever correction of our popular views we make from insight, nature will be sure to bear us out in, and though it seem to rob us of some joy, will repay us with a greater.
'We appeal to all the natives of Jammu and Kashmir to rise against any such move that is designed to rob us of our identity,' it added.
No-one should be able to rob us of our EU citizenship.
Surely this is a step too far and we need to rethink how these plans can be adjusted so there is far less impact on the area and it does not rob us of our unique heritage, which could never be retrieved, and diminish the enjoyment it brings to so many of us.
JUST when you think 2016 can't rob us of yet another big name, possibly the biggest of them all is taken from us.
aWe have snow for fleeting days, maybe even hours, and there is always someone who wants to rob us of the joy and the fun,a he posted.
Determinism doesn't rob us of our free will because it is possible to have all the relevant abilities in a deterministic world: not just all the relevant intrinsic dispositions or narrow abilities, but also all the relevant wide abilities.
The government do rob us, they rob us of a lot of money."
Mulhearn would rob us of self respect, I remember him only too well at the Labour Party Conference berating Neil Kinnock.
The proposed development would be overbearing and rob us of daylight in the morning." However, Ian Rowe of agent Signet Planning urged councillors to support the plan.