highway robbery

noun

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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Synonyms for highway robbery

Synonyms

extortion, fleecing, gouging, overcharging

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Examples of highway robbery in a Sentence

Charging that much to see a movie is highway robbery! what some rock superstars charge for concert tickets is simply highway robbery

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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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The first known use of highway robbery was in 1611

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highway robbery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of highway robbery

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

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