Careful Words

rob (n.)

rob (v.)

  In order that he might rob a neighbour whom he had promised to defend, black men fought on the coast of Coromandel and red men scalped each other by the great lakes of North America.

Thomas B Macaulay (1800-1859): On Frederic the Great. 1842.

Rob me the exchequer.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part I. Act iii. Sc. 3.

  Rob Peter, and pay Paul.

Robert Burton (1576-1640): Anatomy of Melancholy. Democritus to the Reader.

But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees,

And leave them honeyless.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act v. Sc. 1.

And when with envy Time, transported,

Shall think to rob us of our joys,

You 'll in your girls again be courted,

And I 'll go wooing in my boys.

Thomas Percy (1728-1811): Winifreda (1720).

The Eagle, he was lord above,

And Rob was lord below.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): Rob Roy's Grave.