rob the cradle

Definition of rob the cradle

US, informal
:to date or marry someone who is much younger
  • His friends accused him of robbing the cradle when they saw how young his girlfriend was.

Word by Word Definitions

rob play
  1. : to take something away from by force : steal from

  2. : to take personal property from by violence or threat

  3. : to remove valuables without right from (a place)

cradle play
  1. : a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots

  2. : a framework or support suggestive of a baby's cradle: such as

  3. : a framework of bars and rods

  1. : to place or keep in or as if in a cradle

  2. : shelter, rear

  3. : to support protectively or intimately


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