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What is the meaning of phrase, " Robbing Peter to pay Paul"

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Asked by hitler, 25 Sep '09 08:08 am
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The phrase means to take money for one thing and use it for another. Sir, what best example than the example of the present day politician to illustrate this. Politicians take money in the form of donations and give promises of betterment of the Society. But once our money is taken they perform the disappearing act :-))))
Answered by inquisitive, 25 Sep '09 08:18 am

 
  
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ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL - "The expression 'rob Peter to pay Paul' goes back at least to John Wycliffe's 'Select English Works,' written in about 1380. Equally old in French, the saying may derive from a 12th-century Latin expression referring to the Apostles: 'As it were that one would crucify Paul in order to redeem Peter.' The words usually mean to take money for one thing and use it for another, especially in paying off debts," according to the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Fact on File, New York, 1997) ".In 1546, it was included in John Heywood's collection of proverbs: 'To rob Peter to pay Paul.' George Herbert listed it in his collection (1640) as 'Give not Saint Peter so much, to leave Saint Paul nothing.' First attested in the United States in 'Thomas Hutchinson Papers' (1657). The proverb has its counterparts in other languages. Decouvrir saint Pierre pour couvrir saint Paul (French, 'Strip Peter to clothe Paul'); Desnudar a uno santo para vest ...more
Answered by Jack Johnson, 25 Sep '09 09:28 am

 
  
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Collecting Income tax from common people to pay politicians. :-)
Answered by manish varma, 25 Sep '09 09:06 am

 
  
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Robbing Peter to pay Paul is an English idiom referring to taking money (or other thing) from one party to pay one's debt to another. In other words, the idiom usually means to take money for one thing and use it for another.As our politiciansare now doing by exploit by granting government funds to doll out freebies to public like TV ,LPG stoves to get votes of our masses.
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 25 Sep '09 08:46 am

 
  
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We can say,in hindi "chor bana devta"
the story of Rodin Hood is rightly said as robbing Peter to pay Paul
Answered by anushka desai, 25 Sep '09 08:40 am

 
  
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