Definition of robbery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɒbəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːbəri//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. robberies) Types of crime
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  • the crime of stealing money or goods from a bank, shop/store, person, etc., especially using violence or threats armed robbery (= using a gun, knife, etc.) There has been a spate of robberies in the area recently. He was shot as he tried to foil a bank robbery. He already had a conviction for armed robbery. CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case compare burglary, theft See related entries: Types of crime
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French roberie, from the verb rober, of Germanic origin.Idioms (informal) the fact of somebody charging too much money for something You wouldn't believe some of the prices they charge; it's daylight robbery. See related entries: The sun and the moon (informal, especially North American English) = daylight robbery
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: robbery