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highway robbery

noun
1.
robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
2.
Informal. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
Related forms
highway robber, noun
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Examples from the web for highway robbery
  • There have been reports of highway robbery, including carjacking, by armed bandits outside urban areas.
  • Military tribunals also have jurisdiction over gang crimes, banditry, and highway robbery.
  • Purely the customer feels it is highway robbery to absorb such horrendous price increases for the same service.
  • It's time to end the highway robbery due to the lack of compliance to determine the true safety value of the posted limit.
  • What has happened is deception, lies, half-truths and highway robbery.
British Dictionary definitions for highway robbery

highway robbery

noun
1.
(informal) blatant overcharging
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Slang definitions & phrases for highway robbery

highway robbery

noun phrase

An unconscionable price asked by a merchant: Highway robbery is no name for it/ 100 bucks? That's highway robbery! (1886+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with highway robbery

highway robbery

The exaction of an exorbitantly high price or fee. For example, You paid ten dollars for that meat? That's highway robbery. This term, used figuratively since the late 1800s, alludes to literal robbery of travelers on or near a public road.
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