robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
Informal. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.
Inter- vs Intra-What’s the difference between the interstate highway and the intrastate highway? Inter- is a prefix that means between two groups, and intra- is a prefix which means within or inside one group. Inter- and intra- are both prefixes, which are groups of letters that are placed at the beginning of a word in order to change its meaning. Inter- Inter- is a common prefix that …
Origin of highway robbery
First recorded in 1770–80
Related formshighway robber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for highway robbery
informal blatant overcharging
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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