highway robbery


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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

highway robbery

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

daylight robbery

BRITISH
You use highway robbery or daylight robbery to describe a situation in which you are charged far too much money for something. They're charging ten bucks for the comics, which sounds like highway robbery to us. You have to pay thousands of dollars for the service. It's daylight robbery!
See also: highway, robbery
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Committee chairman John McFall questioned why customers were not allowed to take store card applications away with them, adding: 'The reason, I suggest, is because the customer would make the decision, if they spent half an hour reading it, that 29 per cent is a version of highway robbery and the reason you keep customers in stores is because you can make the purchase.
We have got to stop this highway robbery or we taxpayers are going to be in trouble.
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IT'S probably the worst case of highway robbery since Dick Turpin was on the prowl.
It' s highway robbery, Dick Turpin come back to life.
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We contend Blue Cross had no intention of consummating the sale, that this was an elaborate, well-planned version of corporate highway robbery.
Considering the current high prices we pay at the pumps - which are due to rise again in August - it is nothing less than highway robbery.
To saddle the children of deceased parents with an inheritance tax is nothing short of legalised highway robbery and should be abolished.
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