Robbery

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Robbery

A crime in which one takes the property of another by force or threat of force. Robbery generally requires the victim to be put in a state of fear when the crime occurs. The element of force distinguishes robbery from theft. Robbery is considered a serious crime; under Islamic law, for example, highway robbery historically has been punishable by death or amputation of limbs.
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Because, I suppose, it is his nature to do so, for the love of robbing.
Why, you are robbing your children of their last kopeck--you, their guardian
Try the farmers-general and contractors, who, during ten years, have been robbing the state.
They are, in fact, notorious marauders and horse- stealers; crossing and re-crossing the mountains, robbing on the one side, and conveying their spoils to the other.
They knew not whether ill health were robbing his spirits of elasticity, or whether a canker of the mind was gradually eating, as such cankers do, from his moral system into the physical frame, which is but the shadow of the former.