robber baron


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robber baron

n.
1. One of the American industrial or financial magnates of the late 1800s who became wealthy by unethical means, such as questionable stock-market operations and exploitation of labor.
2. A feudal lord who robbed travelers passing through his domain.

robber baron

n
(Commerce) a person who has made a very large amount of money and has been prepared to act illegally or in an immoral way in order to do so.

rob′ber bar`on


n.
1. a U.S. capitalist of the late 19th century who became wealthy by ruthless and unethical means.
2. a feudal noble who robbed travelers passing through his lands.
[1875–80]
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And yet, men have so behaved since the world began, feasting, fighting, and carousing, whether in the dark cave-mouth or by the fire of the squatting-place, in the palaces of imperial Rome and the rock strongholds of robber barons, or in the sky-aspiring hotels of modern times and in the boozing-kens of sailor-town.
Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter" is a timely treatise as we enter a new age of Robber Baron Capitalism with its financially-based political corruption and an ever expanding federal intrusion into the non-federal affairs of private citizens under the cloak of serving social and national defense needs.
THE INVENTOR AND THE TYCOON: A GILDED AGE MURDER AND THE BIRTH OF MOVING PICTURES provides a powerful historical biography centering on the relationship between a murderer who invented the movies - one Eadweard Muybridge - and a robber baron who built the railroad - tycoon Leland Stanford.
The only institution standing in front of the robber baron tactics of the Zardari regime, said Imran Khan, is the Judiciary particularly the Supreme Court.
Grant for preserving the Union (he eventually published the statesman's best-selling memoirs); wrote in favor of rights for African Americans but was fond of telling racist jokes (and co-authored with Bret Harte the grotesquely anti-Chinese play Ah Sin); assailed the Gilded Age yet formed a close personal and professional relationship with the robber baron Henry Rogers; lampooned con men and scam artists yet went broke by investing in crackpot inventions and get-rich-quick schemes; and SO on.
But I can't help wondering whether just because a robber baron kicked medieval sand in our ancestors' faces, it is right that his descendants are entitled to any more land to live on than me or you.
Tuesday, the ultimate robber baron, is calling in his debts, and Arthur's very world will be part of the price.
As an American robber baron once remarked, "In a recession, money simply returns to its rightful owners.
Despite his near-addiction to big deals, and the ruthlessness with which he so often carries them out, Hindery is not your typical robber baron.
Closer to home, at Stratford, Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight should fleece the bookies of a few quid through Robber Baron while Kim Bailey's Irish import, Metal Detector, can unearth success in the Displaybox Novices' Hurdle.
Of more immediate interest, I suggested last Sunday that you keep an eye on Henrietta Knight's pair Impek and Robber Baron.
Bishop Henry fell prey to the stereotype of Black as some kind of a 19th century robber baron striding across the faces of the workers.