highway robbery


Definition of highway robbery

1 : robbery committed on or near a public highway usually against travelers
2 : excessive profit or advantage derived from a business transaction

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Charging that much to see a movie is highway robbery! what some rock superstars charge for concert tickets is simply highway robbery
Recent Examples on the Web In February 1851, as highway robbery, violent gangs, and disorder proliferated, citizens formed the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, with the scheming ex-Mormon newspaperman Sam Brannan manipulating events to put himself at its head. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "California’s First Experiment without Police," 27 Aug. 2020 However, what if the band has broken up or the ticket prices are akin to highway robbery? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Big night for UC, Xavier basketball with six weeks left to audition," 23 Jan. 2020 But court records also describe its use to punish crimes like murder, rape, and highway robbery. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval skeleton puts a face on accounts of torture and violence," 1 Oct. 2019 For anyone on a budget (or for those of us that believe paying more than $10 for a meal is highway robbery), there are plenty of places around town to eat a delicious, filling food. Houston Chronicle, "Great places to eat in Houston for less than $10," 1 Aug. 2019 The council also said that highway robberies of freight transport had doubled in the first quarter of 2018. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Canadian mine latest business affected by Mexico violence," 28 May 2018 In a move that many saw as highway robbery at the time, the Pacers sent Paul George to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantis Sabonis. Joseph Spears, Indianapolis Star, "Kevin Pritchard twitter account likes Oklahoma City Police Department's Paul George tweet," 12 Dec. 2017 In the bad old days, Californians could count on simply deducting this highway robbery from their federal taxable income, masking the state’s shenanigans and blunting the financial pain. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "‘Evil’ Tax Cuts? Nope, It’s Blue-State Panic," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of highway robbery

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Highway robbery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway%20robbery. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of highway robbery

US, informal : the practice of charging a price that is very high and usually unfair for something

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