rob Peter to pay Paul

Rob Peter to pay Paul is a phrase which refers to the act of borrowing money from one person in order to pay a debt you owe to another person; it can also be stealing from one person to give to the next. This phrase is often used in the negative as to say that you should not be borrowing money from one person just to pay back another person because this starts a nasty cycle which will cause you to constantly borrow from one to pay another.