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daylight robbery

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

Fig. the practice of blatantly or grossly overcharging. It's daylight robbery to charge that amount of money for a hotel room! The cost of renting a car at that place is daylight robbery.
See also: daylight, 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

daylight robbery

Charging exorbitant prices, as in The amount you're asking for this couch is daylight robbery. [Mid-1900s] Also see highway robbery.
See also: daylight, 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.
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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

daylight robbery

blatant and unfair overcharging. British informal
2005 MotleyFool.co.uk: Comment Have you seen the price of potted plants and fruit trees in garden centres recently? It's daylight robbery.
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ˌdaylight ˈrobbery

(informal, especially British English) a price or fee that you think is far too high: £6 000 for an old car like this? That’s daylight robbery!
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daylight robbery

An outrageously high price. An appliance store advertises a refrigerators for $900, but you see ads for the same brand and model elsewhere for half that price. That store, you conclude, is committing daylight robbery, a “crime” so metaphorically blatant that it is being committed in broad daylight. That's not to be confused with “highway robbery.” “Daylight robbery” offers you the option of paying the money or not, but you don't have that choice in “highway robbery,” just as the victim of a stagecoach holdup had no choice. Your city raises property taxes. You receive the bill, take one look, and scream, “That's highway robbery!”
See also: daylight, robbery
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Records show the robberies occurred at busy morning or evening times, which is a concern for police because customers are inside the supermarkets during these robberies.
Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties -- there were 445 bank robberies in 2005 and 444 as of last week for 2006.
Supt Neil James, silver commander for Safer Streets, said: 'The reduction in robberies in these two areas is very welcome.
Police say violent street robberies are rare and most offences reported to police involved drug-related debts.
By the mid-1890s, the surge in robberies in general and robbery-homicides in particular had generated panic in the city.
Insurance companies have taken a big hit covering stolen cargo and, increasingly, refuse to offer protection against robberies, says Arnoldo Trevino, an insurance agent in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, a city across the border from McAllen, Texas.
More traumatic and potentially explosive than one-on-one robberies, takeovers accounted for just 3 to 5 percent of all bank robberies in the Los Angeles area until late 1991.
Consisting of more than 25 bankers from across the Commonwealth, the Bank Robbery Working Group was formed to prevent bank robberies and to assist law enforcement in the apprehension of criminals.
Detectives also noted a steady increase in the number of bank robberies occurring throughout the country and the region.
One hundred eighty-seven robberies were recorded for these 51 restaurants during the four-year interval.
The Massachusetts Bankers Association's Bank Robbery Working Group was formed several months ago with a focus on what banks can do to prevent and solve the increase in robberies this region has seen.
Losses estimated at $581 million were attributed to robberies in 2008.
WESTBORO - A Framingham man has been arrested in connection with a series of robberies in Central Massachusetts and near Boston, including a robbery early last month at the Citizens Bank inside the Stop & Shop on Lyman Street.
Police are investigating four robberies that took place within less than an hour Sunday afternoon, beginning in North Hollywood and ending in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Data on weapons show that firearms were used in 31 percent of all murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults.