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Let's learn about the idiom 'daylight robbery' in this lesson and how to use it in your conversations.
Duke: Suppose you visit a restaurant to have a cup of coffee which you usually get for $2 every single day, but suddenly they've raised the price to $5! That's a daylight robbery!
Bob: That's surely daylight robbery. The idiom 'daylight robbery' means that somebody is charging you very high prices for something or for some service.
Duke: Yes. Daylight robbery means unfair overcharging. It's an idiom which is used when you are upset or angry.
Bob: That's right, Duke! We can't use it casually or in polite conversations. It's an expression of indignation. Someone who uses this, is probably not going to buy the item which caused this emotion.
Duke: I agree Bob. Sometimes I go to the market and when they try to overcharge me, I tell them it's a daylight robbery and I never buy that thing.
Bob: Good! We mustn't allow people to overcharge us. Let's listen to some conversations now.
Lily: When did you buy that T-shirt Paul?Paul: Don't ask. I got it from a new online store.
Lily: For how much?
Paul: I paid $20 online for this, but they charged me an extra $30 for delivery!
Lily: Wow! That's too much. They robbed you in pure daylight.
Paul: Yeah, it's a complete daylight robbery! It's not even branded.
Lily: We had to stay a night in Minda's Motel. It's so expensive!
Paul: I stayed there once or twice. It wasn't so expensive back then.
Lily: They charged us $120 for a very small suite!
Paul: Oh! C'mon. That's daylight robbery. Last time I paid just $60 for the best suite they had!
Lily: $120 for that suite was just not worthy at all!
Paul: Hey buddy, how much is that ball?
Duke: It's $150.
Paul: Whoa...it's expensive! What's the best price you can give me?
Duke: I'm afraid there's no bargaining. The price is fixed.
Paul: Man, just because you are the only sports shop in town, it doesn't mean you can do a daylight robbery!
Duke: Sorry, but that's a limited edition ball signed by Messi. I can show you another one at a good price from a different brand.