highway robbery

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highway robbery

1. Robbery usually of travelers on or near a public road.
2. Informal The exaction of an exorbitantly high price or fee.

highway robber n.
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highway robbery

informal blatant overcharging
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high′way rob′bery

1. robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
2. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.
high′way rob′ber, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.highway robbery - an exorbitant price; "what they are asking for gas these days is highway robbery"
price, terms, damage - the amount of money needed to purchase something; "the price of gasoline"; "he got his new car on excellent terms"; "how much is the damage?"
2.highway robbery - robbery of travellers on or near a public road
robbery - larceny by threat of violence
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Don Quixote smiled when he heard these words, and said very calmly, "Come now, base, ill-born brood; call ye it highway robbery to give freedom to those in bondage, to release the captives, to succour the miserable, to raise up the fallen, to relieve the needy?
It is said that Mirabeau took to highway robbery "to ascertain what degree of resolution was necessary in order to place one's self in formal opposition to the most sacred laws of society." He declared that "a soldier who fights in the ranks does not require half so much courage as a footpad" -- "that honor and religion have never stood in the way of a well-considered and a firm resolve." This was manly, as the world goes; and yet it was idle, if not desperate.
such things have happened in our business before--a present besides for putting him out to a farmer, or sending him to sea, so that he might never turn up to disgrace his parents, supposing him to be a natural boy, as many of our boys are --damme, if that villain of a Nickleby don't collar him in open day, and commit as good as highway robbery upon my pocket.'
Murder, manslaughter, arson, forgery, swindling, house- breaking, highway robbery, larceny, conspiracy, fraud?
'I never know'd a respectable coachman as wrote poetry, 'cept one, as made an affectin' copy o' werses the night afore he was hung for a highway robbery; and he wos only a Cambervell man, so even that's no rule.'
Kidnapping, highway robbery, ritual killings would reduce if orderliness is maintained .
The Partido ng Manggagawa said doubling the ATM fees would be tantamount to 'highway robbery' as it would allow banks to take 6 to 8 percent of the minimum wage of workers per withdrawal.
Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], July 24 (ANI): Cyberabad police on Wednesday arrested interstate highway robbery gang and seized Rs 2.89 crores and 350 grams gold from the members of the gang.
Councillor John McDowell, Labour representative for the Foxbar and Glenburn areas, described the increases as "highway robbery".
His other works include Behram Daku (1980), Sher Khan (1981), Sala Sahib and Ghulami (1985).On 9th January 1966, Actor Sultan Rahi was murdered by some unknown persons during a highway robbery on the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) near Gujranwala, while coming back to Lahore from Islamabad.
Samad had been wanted tor drug trafficking, murder, theft and highway robbery.
This is biggest ever highway robbery committed in this district.

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