from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A legendary English outlaw of the 12th century, famous for his courage, chivalry, and practice of robbing the rich to aid the poor.

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  • proper n. A legendary English outlaw famous for his skill in archery and his vow to defend the poor and the oppressed against established authority.
  • n. A criminal with similar social tendencies.

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  • n. legendary English outlaw of the 12th century; said to have robbed the rich to help the poor


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  • Even for their highwaymen the same virtue is claimed, and Robin Hood comes described to us as mitissimus praedonum, the gentlest thief.

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  • Robin Hood and Maid Marian, forbidden in Edinburgh by the Kirk, would strut and play openly all day in the country, and lead the games of skill.

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  • Peele seems to have been incapable of the proper grace and delectation of comedy: nevertheless the part of Prince Lluellen, of Wales, and his adherents, who figure pretty largely, and sometimes in the disguise of Robin Hood and his merry men, shows something of comic talent, and adds to the entertainment of the piece.

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  • The wood was a remnant of the great forest where Robin Hood hunted, and this riding was an old, old thoroughfare coming across country.

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  • They hold the merriness of Merry England, of yew longbows, of Robin Hood and his outlaw band.


  • Thus Ethan Allen had become a kind of Robin Hood among the mountains.

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  • You vandals have caused Social Security Records enormous prob - lems, and Robin Hood cut IRS revenues by three percent last year.

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  • Kindness of the Celestial (1894), The Romantic History of Robin Hood (1898), Lindley Kays (1904),

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  • I rode horses across everything from Robin Hood via Bosworth Field to the Charge of the Light Brigade.


  • Even Robin Hood hadn't mastered that trick -- but appar - ently DON and Wiley thought the Mailman had done that and more.

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