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    Default "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    Hi,

    In Chinese culture, there is a saying "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"(my translation of that but could have problems) to describe a certain group of people.

    Is there something similar to that in English culture? Or how would you paraphrase that? Is the word "sponsor" used properly here?

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    Default Re: "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    Are you familiar with the character "Robin Hood"? He stole from the rich and gave to the poor.

    See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood

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    Default Re: "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Are you familiar with the character "Robin Hood"? He stole from the rich and gave to the poor.

    See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood
    Oh! I know him! Thanks for reminding me of him! So "steal from the rich and GIVE to the poor". The word "give" would suffice right?
    When you mentioned "Robin Hood", it also reminds of the TV series "Leverage".

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    Default Re: "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    Give suffices, and I wouldn't use sponsor unless the person is doing something like sponsoring a team with the money.

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    Default Re: "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    <<<When you mentioned "Robin Hood", it also reminds of the TV series "Leverage".>>>

    Yes, I love the show "Leverage".

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    Default Re: "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    The four-character Chinese phrase in question translates as "to rob the rich to help the poor"── quoted from http://zh.glosbe.com/zh/en/劫富济贫

    Not a teacher, but a Chinese.

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    Default Re: "steal from the rich to sponsor the poor"

    That would work too, though gave is standard in English because of Robin Hood.

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