robbery committed on a highway against travelers, as by a highwayman.
Informal. a price or fee that is unreasonably high; exorbitant charge.
(informal) blatant overcharging
An unconscionable price asked by a merchant: Highway robbery is no name for it/ 100 bucks? That’s highway robbery! (1886+)
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.
noun 1. Often, high wines. Distilling. a distillate containing a high percentage of alcohol.
noun 1. a tightrope stretched very high above the ground. noun 1. a tightrope stretched high in the air for balancing acts
- High-wire act
noun phrase A perilous policy, procedure, etc: Nixon remained skeptical of Kissinger’s high-wire act in Vietnam [1970s+; fr high wire, an 1880s term for the funambulist’s high tightrope] A risky job or operation, as in The university press is not allowed to either make or lose money—that’s a high-wire act. This expression alludes to the […]
[hahy-rawt] /ˈhaɪˈrɔt/ adjective 1. highly agitated; overwrought.