highway robbery


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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Gas prices feel like highway robbery. CBS News, 12 June 2022 The narrative that the Brewers committed highway robbery was pervasive. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2023 The highway robbery of prison phone rates That breathless Guardian story about OED editor deleting foreign words? Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2012 For those convicted of highway robbery, a hand and a foot were amputated. Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 What should have been a thrilling end, win or lose, in a shootout between No. 17 Kentucky and Tennessee on Saturday night, felt more like a highway robbery for UK fans. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 7 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of highway robbery was in 1611

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“Highway robbery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway%20robbery. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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