Definition of Robin Hood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Robin Hood

BrE BrE//ˌrɒbɪn ˈhʊd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrɑːbɪn ˈhʊd//
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a person who takes or steals money from rich people and gives it to poor people He was seen as an educational Robin Hood with his proposal to take federal money out of the hands of schools and place it in the hands of students. More Like This Expressions from history and legend Achilles heel, Cinderella, Herculean, Mephistophelian, Midas touch, narcissism, odyssey, Prince Charming, Procrustean, Promethean, Pyrrhic, Robin Hood, Scylla and Charybdis, Sleeping Beauty, Stygian, TitanSee worksheet. From the name of a character in traditional English stories who lived in a forest, robbing rich people and giving money to poor people. Culture Robin Hood is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest near Nottingham during the rule of King Richard I (1189-99). His companions (usually called his Merry Men) included Friar Tuck, Little John and Will Scarlet, and his lover was Maid Marian. Together they robbed rich people and gave money to poor people, and their enemy was the Sheriff of Nottingham. There is no evidence that Robin Hood ever existed but there are many stories about him and many films have been made about his adventures. In these he is often shown wearing clothes made of a material called Lincoln green, and holding a bow.
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