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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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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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.
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Pensions Minister Guy Opperman said: "Robbing someone of their retirement is despicable."
Pensions Minister Guy Opperman, 54, said: "Robbing someone of their retirement is despicable.
It is robbing someone of his or her dignity, not to mention the suffering the victim has to endure during and after.
Idress Ismail was on bail after robbing someone of a mobile phone while the victim was observing the smoking ban and having a cigarette in a car park.
The other boy had an arson conviction for setting fire to a bin in a car park 2001 and also a conviction for robbing someone of pounds 1.50 in a burger bar.
The other boy had an arson conviction for setting fire to a bin in a car park in 2001 and also a conviction for robbing someone of pounds 1.50 in a burger bar.