highway robbery

noun
1. an exorbitant price
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what they are asking for gas these days is highway robbery

Hypernyms: ↑price, ↑terms, ↑damage
2. robbery of travellers on or near a public road
Hypernyms: ↑robbery

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noun
1. : robbery committed on or near a public highway especially against travelers
2. : excessive profit or advantage derived from a business transaction

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highway robber.
1. robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
2. Informal. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.
[1770-80]

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highway robbery UK US noun [uncountable] american spoken
daylight robbery
Thesaurus: general words for expensivesynonym

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highway robbery,
1. robbery committed on a public road.
2. Informal. an exorbitant price or charge.

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noun [noncount]
US informal : the practice of charging a price that is very high and usually unfair for something

Charging that much to see a movie is highway robbery!

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ˌhighway ˈrobbery idiom
(informal, especially NAmE) = daylight robbery daylight
Main entry:highwayidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • highway robbery — {n. phr.} 1. A hold up of or theft from a person committed on an open road or street usually by an armed man. * /Highway robbery was common in England in Shakespeare s day./ 2. An extremely high price or charge; a profiteer s excessive charge. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • highway robbery — {n. phr.} 1. A hold up of or theft from a person committed on an open road or street usually by an armed man. * /Highway robbery was common in England in Shakespeare s day./ 2. An extremely high price or charge; a profiteer s excessive charge. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • highway robbery — ˌhighway ˈrobbery noun [uncountable] informal a situation where something costs much more than it should: • In my opinion, their pricing is highway robbery. * * * highway robbery UK US noun [U] US ► DAYLIGHT ROBBERY(Cf. ↑ …   Financial and business terms

  • highway robbery — Something that is ridiculously expensive, especially when you have no choice but to pay, is a highway robbery …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Highway robbery — High way rob ber*y, n. 1. Robbery committed on the public roads. [PJC] 2. An excessively high price or fee; used especially in situations where the buyer has little or no choice but to buy the item offered. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Highway Robbery — is a Hardy Boys novel.The Hardy Boys try to crack open a case involving trucks, and a hijacking scheme. They go undercover, and try to solve the mystery. But they will need to solve it before time runs out, or things could turn ugly …   Wikipedia

  • highway robbery — noun uncount AMERICAN SPOKEN used for saying that you think something is much too expensive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • highway\ robbery — n. phr. 1. A hold up of or theft from a person committed on an open road or street usually by an armed man. Highway robbery was common in England in Shakespeare s day. 2. An extremely high price or charge; a profiteer s excessive charge. To… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • highway robbery — n. a charge that is unbelievably high, but nonetheless unavoidable. (As if one had been accosted and robbed on the open road.) □ But this is highway robbery. I demand to see the manager. □ Four thousand dollars! That’s highway robbery! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • highway robbery — noun a) The act of robbing a traveler on a public road. They think they can charge $400 for a shirt? Thats highway robbery. b) Said of excessive or exorbitant prices. Syn: daylight robbery …   Wiktionary


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