Highway Robbery

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A big robbery, to charge heavily for something


  • In the 16th century during the times of famous William Shakespeare, it was customary that the travelers on roads were not quite safe from the robbers on highway who took lots of money from these travelers. Later the phrase “highway robbery” was used to associate with anything which charged heavily so much so that the buyer or consumer thought that he or she has been robbed by the dealer.

The seller in the jewelry shop in the nearby market presented the rates so high that customers were calling it as a highway robbery.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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highway robberySaid of excessive or exorbitant prices.
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