highway robbery

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Etymology[edit]

From highway +‎ robbery. Compare Old English weġrēaf (highway robbery, literally road-theft).

Noun[edit]

highway robbery (plural highway robberies)

  1. (literally historical) The act of robbing a traveler on a public road.
  2. (idiomatic) Said of excessive or exorbitant prices.
    They think they can charge $400 for a shirt? That's highway robbery.

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(the asking of an excessive or exorbitant price): daylight robbery

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