What does 'robarse a' mean?
This week's Semana magazine describes how a Colombian rice company, ROA Mills, created a symbol using the picture of an Arab on their boxes of rice. This Arab symbol is, according to the article, aimed at women because it was women who chose what brand of rice was bought. The article then continues 'Así nació en 1985 Mustafá, el señor que se roba a todas las señoras y de paso les enseña las bondades de un arroz de buena calidad.' I looked up robar on this site, and it doesn't seem to have a reflexive form that makes sense in this context. Surely the article doesn't tell us that the Arab robbed these women, especially when it says immediately afterward that the rice is of good quality? But if not, what does this expression se roba a mean in this context?
There is another definition of the verb robar in the Span¡shD!ct dictionary which is:
5. To gain anothers affections, to ingratiate oneself.
It is more likely to be this meaning of the verb that makes sense in the context in which it is used.
The use of se in the sentence. Im guessing, since I have a lot of lessons yet to be done, that se is used here to indicate that Mustafá, ingratiated himself to the women. But as between the correct grammatical terminologies, I dont want to try to be specific.
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Perhaps this article by Lazarus might explain the use of "se" here.
according to the Real Academia Española, robarse can mean 'to escape, flee' - just like the American English, "steal away". This fits with the sentiment of "de paso" - secretly, on the spur of the moment. Thus "...Mustafa, the man who crept away to all the women, and whispered the secret [lit. secretly taught them] of the benefits of a rice...". slightly 'atmospheric' Spanish, hope this helps.
My guess is "se roba" means "he took the time".