gouging 1 of 2

as in extortion
the exaction of a grossly excessive charge for goods or services a hotline that consumers may use to report gouging at gasoline stations

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2 of 2


present participle of gouge
as in stinging
to charge (someone) too much for goods or services since I had forgotten the sunscreen, I was forced to buy it from the concession stand at the beach—where they gouged me for it

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“Gouging.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gouging. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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