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rob the cradle

To date someone who is much younger than oneself. Are you sure it doesn't bother you how much older I am? I feel like people are judging me for robbing the cradle.
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rob the cradle

Fig. to marry or date someone who is much younger than oneself. I hear that Bill is dating Ann. Isn't that sort of robbing the cradle? She's much younger than he is. Uncle Billwho is nearly eightymarried a thirty-year-old woman. That is really robbing the cradle.
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rob the cradle

Have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone much younger than oneself, as in The old editor was notorious for robbing the cradle, always trying to date some young reporter . [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
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ˌrob the ˈcradle

(American English, informal) have a sexual relationship with a much younger person: She robbed the cradle when she married me. ▶ ˈcradle-rob (American English) (British English ˈcradle-snatch) verb ˈcradle-robber (American English) (British English ˈcradle-snatcher) noun: Tim, you’re such a cradle snatcher. She’s like ten years younger than you!
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rob the cradle

Informal
To have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone significantly younger than oneself.
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"But when the role is reversed in a film or TV show, and the woman is the older one, there is suddenly this weird double-standard, like, 'Oh, she's robbing the cradle,' or 'What is she doing?' Krista was interested in exploring that and flipping it on its head by saying, 'Why can't it be sexy and empowering for a woman to be with a younger man?
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She's really robbing the cradle," the New York Post quoted a pal of Castelbajac as saying.
She doesn't want people to say she's robbing the cradle or that she appears to be desperate, although Anderson says she doesn't feel that way about her girlfriends in similar relationships.