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highway robbery

outrageous overpricing; a bill that is much higher than normally acceptable but must be paid. (As if one had been accosted and robbed on the open road or in broad daylight.) Four thousand dollars! That's highway robbery for one piece of furniture! I won't pay it! It's highway robbery!
See also: 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.
See also: highway, robbery
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IT looks like a beautiful old coaching inn, but wandering between the walls of the Holt Hotel is the ghost of Claude Du Val, a notorious highway robber.
Highway robber Dick Turpin is the first figure to be put under the spotlight by Reeves, and what his presenting style lacks in accuracy and thoroughness, he more than makes up for in wit and humour.
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Addressing a ceremony at the SSP Office here on Friday, the DIG informed that 29 allegedly notorious criminals have been killed in police encounters in the year while another 23 alleged kidnappers, 24 extortionists and 42 highway robbers had also been apprehended.
He asked mujahideen to clear areas from thieves, highway robbers and saboteur elements and procure a conducive security atmosphere and well-being of the people.
The first time the couple fell victim to the highway robbers was in 2011 while in northern Spain, en route to Andalucia.
The thug, who could be kicked out of the university, then demanded that she "stand and deliver", a phrase associated with 18th century highway robbers.
Whether sleeping under a truck to avoid being detected by highway robbers or hiring an ex-Soviet fighter pilot to drop him deep into the mountains, Carmichael takes calculated risks in order to bring his clients the best coffees in the world.
Postal workers were staging a protest outside Parliament today ahead of the meeting, with activists dressing up as highway robbers, carrying banners saying: "The Great British Royal Mail Robbery.
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Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into a young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen.
The bad apples of this world will always latch on to such innovations, just as in a different era, highway robbers were happy to swap horses for cars.
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