highway robbery


  1. robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
  2. Informal. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.


  1. informal blatant overcharging

The exaction of an exorbitantly high price or fee. For example, You paid ten dollars for that meat? That’s highway robbery. This term, used figuratively since the late 1800s, alludes to literal robbery of travelers on or near a public road.

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