Definition of Highway robbery

1. Noun. An exorbitant price. "What they are asking for gas these days is highway robbery"

Generic synonyms: Damage, Price, Terms



2. Noun. Robbery of travellers on or near a public road.
Generic synonyms: Robbery

Definition of Highway robbery

1. Noun. (literally historical) The act of robbing a traveler on a public road. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic) Said of excessive or exorbitant prices. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Highway Robbery

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highway robbery (current term)
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Literary usage of Highway robbery

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1. Mark Twain: A Biography : the Personal and Literary Life of Samuel Langhorne by Albert Bigelow Paine (1912)
"Steve's plan was very simple: it was to relieve the lecturer of his funds by a friendly highway robbery, and let an account of the adventure furnish the new ..."

2. History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1656 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1903)
"Since the end of the war highway robbery had Highway been on the increase, as disbanded soldiers, robbery. especially from the Royal army, ..."

3. Daniel Defoe: His Life, and Recently Discovered Writings ; Extending from by Lee, William, Daniel Defoe (1869)
"... the House in an Uproar, and 'twas an Hour before the Gentlemen could be brought to a civil Behaviour. Cruel highway robbery.—In Essex we hear only of a ..."

4. History of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1899)
"... dispossession of freeholds, makes one at the most considerable articles in our law-books.« highway robbery was from the earliest times a sort of ..."

5. Essays on the Punishment of Death by Charles Spear (1845)
"Story of a horse-stealer—Punishment and revenge—Confession of a magistrate—Reformation of a boy guilty of highway robbery— Sympathy for the degraded. ..."

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