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1The action of robbing a person or place.‘he was involved in drugs, extortion, and robbery’count noun ‘an armed robbery’
burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraudView synonyms
- ‘The extended takes during the robberies allow us to live with the characters for a few minutes, see into their tension, precision, and euphoria.’
- ‘He plans the first robbery in Venice, which involves the theft of gold ingots worth $35 million.’
- ‘I do indeed find political aspects to some robberies, but note that most were not directed against symbolic targets.’
- ‘Along with his gang of loyal criminals, he commits daring daylight robberies and elaborate heists that anger the police while stirring the public's imagination.’
- ‘Players who had built virtual world empires were experiencing virtual world crime - online muggings and robberies in effect.’
- ‘We had burglaries and robberies and car prowls and thefts and domestic violence cases that to my way of thinking deserved much higher priority.’
- ‘Instead of being a two-bit con man, he became a bank robber, pulling off more than 25 robberies, sometimes two in one day.’
- ‘Together, they begin a series of train robberies that makes them famous throughout the South.’
- ‘A taciturn man, Olivier still grieves for his son, who was murdered during an attempted car robbery some years before.’
- ‘He suggests that the Balestreros find proof-positive alibis for their whereabouts during all of the robberies Manny has been accused of committing.’
- ‘She has been framed by the gangsters and is wanted for several armed robberies.’
- ‘As he learns, the murders were a cover up for the diamond robbery that took place that night.’
- ‘The story concerns a criminal gang called The Vampires, mysterious and resourceful, that terrorizes France with a succession of swindles, robberies, and murders.’
- ‘The result was a one-third reduction in the number of robberies and a general diminution of other anti-social incidents.’
- ‘England and Wales already have the highest levels of burglaries, car thefts, assaults and robberies in the industrialised world.’
- ‘A pair of London hoodlums, rejected by the established criminal set, execute a spate of robberies which finally results in the death of a policeman.’
- ‘Other extras that should have been included are more actual footage of the event, a look at the weapons used, and perhaps a look at the boldest bank robberies ever.’
- ‘Something tells me that the federal sentencing standards are tougher on Post Office robberies than supermarket stick-ups.’
- ‘Sadly, there are no bar fights, bank robberies or jailbreaks in this film.’
- ‘As a child, he runs wild with his father and acts as an accomplice during various house robberies.’
- 1.1informal Unashamed swindling or overcharging.‘‘Twenty-five bucks! Robbery!’’extortion, exorbitant, expensiveView synonyms
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French roberie, from the verb rober (see rob).
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