To rob the cradle In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "to rob the cradle", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Hank Nguyen, Kathy Cao calendar 2020-06-07 09:06

Meaning of To rob the cradle


May-September romance , toy boy , sugar daddy , cradle-robber , old buffalo grazes on young glass , cradle-snatchers

To rob the cradle British American to-infinitive disapproval offensive informal

This is an English idiom that similar to a Vietnamese idiom "Old buffalo grazes on young grass". It means to date or having relationship with someone that is significantly younger than yourself, or it could mean to take a liking to younger people.

British American informal have a romantic or sexual relationship with or marry someone much younger than oneself.

But suddenly Taylor looked bad, robbing the cradle for a high school student.

Oh that teacher robs the cradle usually. You are a girl and your score will be high.


British American offensive informal A pedophilia, usually dates someone much younger. 

Minh Slim is dating a secondary schooler. He is obviously robbing the cradle

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Grammar and Usage of To rob the cradle

  • a cradle-robber
  • cradle-snatcher
  • cradle-snatching

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Origin of To rob the cradle

Rob means to steal and cradle is a bed for a baby. Therefore, someone who robs a cradle, in a literal sense, is stealing a young baby from its cradle, away from its mom and dad.

The figurative sense uses this imagery to imply that an older person dating a much younger person is also stealing a child away from his or her parents. This expression originated in the first half of the 1900s.

A lesser-used meaning involves any type of exploitation of the very young. 

The Origin Cited: Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary .

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