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highway robbery

robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
Informal. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.
Origin of highway robbery
First recorded in 1770-80
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highway robber, noun Unabridged
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  • Footnote 1: "Sticking-up" is an Australian term for burglary and highway robbery.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for highway robbery

highway robbery

(informal) blatant overcharging
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Slang definitions & phrases for highway robbery

highway robbery

noun phrase

An unconscionable price asked by a merchant: Highway robbery is no name for it/ 100 bucks? That's highway robbery! (1886+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with 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.
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