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highway robbery

A situation in which one is charged an exorbitant price. I need to find another mechanic because this bill is just highway robbery! I can't believe how much he charged for a simple repair.
See also: highway, robbery

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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One, from 1871, seeks a highway robber known as Black Bart.
THE RAC is on the lookout for the worst wheel-clamping company in the country for the Dick Turpin Award for being the modern equivalent of a highway robber.
A HIGHWAY robber was jailed for five years yesterday after trying to hold up a bus with a butcher's knife.
A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy allowed out for the first time on his bicycle with stabilisers immediately turned highway robber.
Barry Fenton is set to miss the Boxing Day programme after picking up a 10-day ban when unplaced, beaten 30 lengths, on Highway Robber at Exeter.
Hence the reason why I have waited until the Highway Robber is safely out of the country before passing on my wisdom.
He's standing for the new parliament in the guise of Adam Lyal, a highway robber who was hanged in front of a baying crowd in Edinburgh 1810.
By ERIC MATARAA new breed of highway robbers are stalking motorists and passengers along the Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Seven suspected highway robbers were shot dead on Wednesday at Kibunja in Molo, Nakuru County and three guns recovered.
Meanwhile, police arrested two alleged highway robbers and recovered the money looted from a rickshaw driver here on Wednesday.
The Karachi police arrested 587 criminals red-handed, 7134 criminals , two terrorists , two highway robbers, 12 kidnappers, 392 proclaimed offenders, 3321 absconders and 49 extortionists.
But on India Today TV's tape, he admitted his gangs were highway robbers of sacred animals.
Sometimes the Taleban stop vehicles; sometimes they are highway robbers.
New Delhi: Four days after highway robbers raped a woman and her 14-year-old daughter in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh (UP), distraught members of the family on Tuesday threatened to commit suicide if they were not given justice within three months.
If there were any military operations conducted, then they must have been directed against those groups; bandits and highway robbers," he said.
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