rob / räb/ • v. (robbed, rob·bing) [tr.] take property unlawfully from (a person or place) by force or threat of force: he tried, with three others, to rob a bank she was robbed of her handbag | [intr.] he was convicted of assault with intent to rob. ∎ (usu. be robbed) inf. overcharge (someone) for something: Bob thinks my suit cost $100, and even then he thinks I was robbed. ∎ inf. or dial. steal: he accused her of robbing the cream out of his chocolate eclair. ∎ deprive (someone or something) of something needed, deserved, or significant: poor health has robbed her of a normal social life.PHRASES: rob Peter to pay Paul take something away from one person to pay another, leaving the former at a disadvantage; discharge one debt only to incur another.rob someone blind see blind.