robber baron

(redirected from Robber barons)
Also found in: Dictionary, Financial, Wikipedia.

robber baron

1. A disparaging term applied to any of the prominent businessmen in the late 19th-century US who used unethical means to increase industrialization (and thus their own wealth and prestige). John Rockefeller is usually regarded as a robber baron, but he's certainly not the only one.
2. By extension, anyone who achieves great wealth and success by unscrupulous means. Of course I don't trust him—he's a robber baron who's made all his money by manipulating the stock market!
3. In the Middle Ages, a thief who robbed unsuspecting travelers. Please be mindful of robber barons on your journey through the countryside.
See also: robber
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Some of the robber barons of the first Gilded Age were generous philanthropists, as are those of today.
You'll save yourself money and take some cash back from the robber barons.
Perkins made brief mention of the Occupy movements going on across the country to call attention to income inequality, and echoed the protest movement's criticism of corporations, which he referred to as "robber barons."
The first in a series, The Inquisitor's Apprentice presents an alternative, historical New York, with historical figures such as Thomas Edison, Harry Houdini, and Teddy Roosevelt close to their true histories, and the "robber barons" transformed into wizards named Morgaunt and Astral.
The North Texas fuel distributor and operator of 15 Lone Star c-stores compared today's banking industry to 19th century railroad "robber barons" and 20th century "oil barons."
The Robber Barons are still with us and supported by this lousy Parliament who no doubt has shares in British Gas or is it, French Gas?
Nobody wishes to see capitalism being exploited by so-called "robber barons." But the Bulgarian government risks being seen as a new model of sovereign-wealth robber baron.
I may not be able to completely wrap my brain around the economic crisis or decide how I think the modem-day robber barons who caused it should be dealt with, or predict how Obama will possibly clear the hurdle of anti-socialist rhetoric to pass meaningful health care reform, but I can happily continue filling my reusable bottle with water from my tap.
Why did all the great robber barons of the 19th century come of age within a decade of one another?
Who are the unknown robber barons hiding behind PFI contracts?
Heinz build an industrialized food processing empire well before Henry Ford rose to greatness; yet in an era notorious for its ruthless robber barons, Heinz had a surprisingly good reputation for treating his employees well.
The Conservatives have warned water companies of the risk of being seen as "21st century robber barons" as it was claimed some companies' five-year business plans will bring unacceptable price increases.
Of all Canada's greatest robber barons, he was the one who got caught."
history class that President Theodore Roosevelt led the progressive campaign against the so-called "robber barons" of Big Business and promoted the passage of federal anti-trust legislation during the early years of the 20th century.
The game combines the best of real-world and model railroads and puts you in charge of building the greatest rail empire in the nation, managing trains, cargo and your bottom line ( while engaging in all-out warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs, and robber barons!