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robber baron

noun
1.
History/Historical. a noble who robbed travelers passing through his lands.
2.
a ruthlessly powerful U.S. capitalist or industrialist of the late 19th century considered to have become wealthy by exploiting natural resources, corrupting legislators, or other unethical means.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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