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rip-off merchant

One who cons or otherwise deceives people. I wouldn't play cards against him if I were you—he has a reputation as a rip-off merchant.
See also: merchant
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Sadly, outpatients and visitors to these hospitals continue to be stung by the rip-off merchants who persist in charging for parking, contrary to the direct wishes of the Assembly.
They were seized in the operation to uncover rip-off merchants who claim benefits while making a living selling dodgy DVDs to bargain hunters.
By the end of our campaign we hope to compile a list of pubs and beers which offer prices that shame the rip-off merchants.
"I suppose it is a sign of how popular the Tweenies are across there, so maybe we should take it as a backhanded compliment." The BBC's anti-counterfeiting group has warned that fake toys are particularly worrying as strict quality and safety controls will not be maintained by the rip-off merchants chasing a fast rouble.
The sooner these rip-off merchants come to grief, the better.
But we also need tougher laws against the rip-off merchants to protect both the big names in fashion and the public who ultimately pay the price.
The Record has been at the forefront of the crusade against these shameless rip-off merchants.
Re-nationalisation would be a massive vote winner and would show Labour is on the side of real people and not the rip-off merchants." The case for public ownership of the railways will be raised later this month at the Labour Party conference.
The rot set in under Thatcher who threw out the ideals of the traditional public services and introduced the ideals of spivs and rip-off merchants.
There was mass confusion at the railway station, the taxi drivers were going crazy and hawkers and rip-off merchants seemed to lurk around every corner.
However, these rip-off merchants are not entirely to blame.
The music industry's Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy has calculated that artists lost a record pounds 8.19billion to the rip-off merchants - up from pounds 6.42billion in 1998.
Unfortunately the industry has now attracted the attention of the rip-off merchants, as many users have discovered to their cost.
This factual series takes to the streets of Britain to catch the rip-off merchants conning vulnerable people out of their money.
Six Nations "rip-off merchants" are trying to sell Wales rugby tickets for 30 times their value - even though they are on public sale.