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A jocular term for someone who is romantically involved with a much younger person. I wouldn't have pegged Jeff as a cradle-robber, but I just saw him around town with a girl who looks like she's barely out of high school.

robber baron

1. A disparaging term applied to any of the prominent businessmen in the late 19th-century US who used unethical means to increase industrialization (and thus their own wealth and prestige). John Rockefeller is usually regarded as a robber baron, but he's certainly not the only one.
2. By extension, anyone who achieves great wealth and success by unscrupulous means. Of course I don't trust him—he's a robber baron who's made all his money by manipulating the stock market!
3. In the Middle Ages, a thief who robbed unsuspecting travelers. Please be mindful of robber barons on your journey through the countryside.
See also: robber
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The robbers opened fire as the police arrives at the site.
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The video shows, one of the store workers picking up the gun from the floor and then running towards the cowboy to join him in overpowering the robber.
When first responders arrived and took off the armed robber's mask, Seth and his family recognized him as a young man who had been in the store half an hour earlier.
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Ms Carberry and two other people in the bank identified Samuel Corlett, of Henry Street in Liverpool city centre, as the robber. But the 36-year-old denied one charge of robbery and another of having two imitation firearms with intent to commit an offence.
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