When someone says that they're robbing a bank, they are using the term metaphorically. They are not actually going to rob a bank.

  • He said that he was robbing the bank because he needed money.

  • The police are trying to catch the robber, who is allegedly robbing a bank.

Definition of robbing


To steal from, especially using force or violence.


To deprive of, or withhold from, unjustly or injuriously; to defraud.


(used with "of") To deprive (of).


To burgle.


To steal.


To commit robbery.


To take possession of the ball, puck etc. from.



Nearby Words

robbing Pronunciation in a video

Example Sentences for robbing

  • 1

    The gunmen robbed the travelers.

  • 2

    The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.

  • 3

    Robbing involves a categorical dismissal of the other.

  • 4

    Cummins was then robbed by the men of his belongings.

  • 5

    The arsenal of the battalion was attacked and robbed in 1969.

  • 6

    They robbed from the rich and give to the poor.

  • 7

    Others attempt to rob the McCandles of the box in the hotel.

  • 8

    The calcium must rob the third from the water.

  • 9

    The four go on to rob the protagonists of the previous film.

  • 10

    The pickpocket is robbing the spectator who is bent over.