I am looking for an idiom or a metaphor that implies or states the act of robbing through violent ways.

The closest metaphor that I could think of (tho, I would strongly prefer to find an idiom) is "Hit people in the head". However, this denotes an act of violence without implying an act of robbery.

Context (example sentence):

A condition attributed by collective thinking that imposes loneliness to me, and the latter isn’t a volition anymore. However, how can I live outside society? Word would spread everywhere I would go, and I do not have enough money to move to another country. What could I do? _____("Hit people in the head"), deepen myself on a dark path and spend the rest of my days in miserable decadence?

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    Maybe you could “become a mugger – Jim Feb 13 '17 at 5:43
  • @Jim I am looking for an idiom or a metaphor which would fit the description. – GabrielGhz Feb 13 '17 at 7:02
  • Even if it's not a metaphore: What about "become a ruffian" (a violent person, especially one involved in crime.) ? – Graffito Feb 13 '17 at 8:39
  • The Become a mugger... fits the description perfectly, it is a person who uses violence in order to steal things from their victims. Hit people in the head is not necessarily a metaphor, heck, it's a pretty good description of a violent action. – Mari-Lou A Feb 13 '17 at 8:41
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    Perhaps "Wallow in crime and violence" ? – Graffito Feb 13 '17 at 11:47

I think the most natural English phrase that would fit your context would be "Turn to a life of crime, deepen myself...."

It doesn't necessarily mean that the subject would fund their new lifestyle through violence, but that they would be living and financing their life outside the law.

You could always qualify it with "Turn to a life of violent crime" if the violent aspect is important.

It's not an idiom as such, but then, as Mari-Lou pointed out, neither is "Hit people in the head"!


Robbing itself is the act of thieving using coercion/force. So a Robber would be a proper word to.

You can use some alternatives like Marauder/Plunderer


"go about in search of things to steal or people to attack."


"steal goods from (a place or person), typically using force"

  • Cheers. However, I am looking for an idiom/metaphor which corresponds to the description. – GabrielGhz Feb 13 '17 at 7:00
  • You could say "Become a Bandit"? /"Become an outlaw"? – Suyash Thite Feb 13 '17 at 7:28
  • None of them is an idiom or a metaphor. – GabrielGhz Feb 13 '17 at 8:18

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