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.
See also: of, rob
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

v.
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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We encounter, among others, the Archdukes Albert and Isabella, protectors of the interests of church and state; Hendrik Heynot, the irascible pastor of Opwijk, exacting more than his share of the tithe in the opinion of the village magistrates; Jan Berchmans, the saintly and intelligent boy from Diest, moving from one school to another within a complex web of diocesan politics; Madam Joanna Boisot, an aristocratic Benedictine nun of Grand Bigard west of Brussels, repeatedly defying the strictures of cloister; Sister Cornelia vande Vinne of the Augustinian Black Sisters, under suspicion of robbing one of her home-care patients in Leuven.
It is the complete opposite of London's Barbican, where the systematic logic of the plan is unreadable in experience of the spaces, robbing one of all sense of direction.