Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “rob Peter to pay Paul”

rob Peter to pay Paul

to borrow money from one person to pay back money you borrowed from someone else Borrowing, lending and debt Grammar:Rob or steal?Rob and steal both mean ‘take something from someone without permission’.
(Definition of rob Peter to pay Paul from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Translations of “rob Peter to pay Paul”

Word of the Day


to pour liquid slowly over something, especially in a thin line or in small drops

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More