to rob Peter to pay Paul

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rob Peter to pay Paul

"to rob Peter to pay Paul"

to take from one to give to another - to shift resources


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rob Peter to pay Paul

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We seem to have a shortfall in the production budget.

Colleague 2:  Let's transfer some resources from the advertising budget.

Colleague 1:  And rob Peter to pay Paul? What do we do when it is time for a new advertising campaign?

Colleague 2:  We'll find another budget category to take from.

Colleague 1:  I don't think this scheme will end well.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rob Peter to pay Paul

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are we ever going to get this order shipped by the deadline?

Colleague 2:  We are going to fill the current order first.

Colleague 1:  Isn't that robbing Peter to pay Paul? What do we do when the order we are taking from now comes due?

Colleague 2:  We will figure that out when the time comes. For now, we really need this current order ready.

to rob Peter to pay Paul - Usage:


to rob Peter to pay Paul - Gerund Form:

Robbing Peter to pay Paul will only keep trouble away for a short period of time.

to rob Peter to pay Paul - Examples:

1)  He said if Auckland poached staff it would be like robbing Peter to pay Paul which would solve a problem in Auckland, but create another ...

2)  Needless to say, they do not admit that robbing Peter to pay Paul was a dumb idea in the first place.

3)  B.C. Parks is constantly robbing Peter to pay Paul -- juggling rangers within and between regions to deal with crises.

4)  I know you would be robbing Peter to pay Paul, but needs sometimes dictate. 

5)  This unusual way of robbing Peter to pay Paul in electricity supply management is threatening the fragile peace and creating ...

6)   ... pay neighbouring Bayelsa State the revenues meant for Rivers State in a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul

7)  So all the Government is doing is robbing Peter to pay Paul rather than actually addressing the issues.

8)  It was a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul but you could understand the tactic as desperate measures were called ...

9)  Robbing Peter to pay Paul may not be the best way forward.

10)  That would be shooting ourselves in the foot. There's no point robbing Peter to pay Paul. That would be crazy.

11)  ... insolvent for years and things were getting worse... (it) survived by continually robbing Peter to pay Paul.

12)  ... ongoing resource-shifting exercise as a "shell game." "We're robbing Peter to pay Paul," he said.

13)  ... one wonders were Rovers would have -- other than by robbing Peter to pay Paul -- found the money to repay it.

14)  ... getting a second pay day loan to pay off a first pay day loan. robbing Peter to pay Paul.

15)  Morrison calls that approach a Band-Aid solution, stating that "robbing Peter to pay Paul," will not solve the financial problem facing many of ...

16)  ... draining other programs. My great concern is that we would have to rob Peter to pay Paul.

17)  They have decided to rob peter to pay Paul by playing Fyfe forward which means their midfield is weakened leading ...

18)  To take money from Ebola to give to Zika is to rob Peter to pay Paul.

19)  ... you officially need some help with your debt problems. If you continue to rob Peter to pay Paul, you will end up owing more and more, ...

20)  ... can't go to the movies or go swimming. I have to rob Peter to pay Paul, and I have to juggle my wages all the time.