highway robbery

[highway robbery] {n. phr.} 1. A hold-up of or theft from a personcommitted on an open road or street usually by an armed man.

Highway robbery was common in England in Shakespeare's day.

2. Anextremely high price or charge; a profiteer's excessive charge.

Tosomeone from a small town, the prices of meals and theater tickets inNew York often seem to he highway robbery.