Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
(of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high:‘some hotels charge exorbitant rates for phone calls’
extortionate, excessively high, extremely high, excessive, sky-high, prohibitive, outrageous, unreasonable, preposterous, inordinate, immoderate, inflated, monstrous, unwarranted, unconscionable, huge, enormous, disproportionatepunitive, ruinousexpensive, extravagantover the oddscriminal, steep, stiff, over the top, ott, costing an arm and a leg, costing a bomb, costing the earth, daylight robbery, a rip-offView synonyms
- ‘They are just boring movie idols admired for their fashion sense and the exorbitant price tags of their weddings.’
- ‘The casino rejected this amount as exorbitant and allowed her suit to continue.’
- ‘They were concerned that elderly women living alone seemed to be targeted and charged exorbitant prices.’
- ‘In fact, they must pay exorbitant prices for food, water and tools and end up working to pay this back for years.’
- ‘Publicans admit they are ripping off customers with exorbitant prices for soft drinks.’
- ‘He feared it would lead to a situation where private people allotted spaces at exorbitant prices to vehicle owners.’
- ‘Biogas has a tremendous future, due to the exorbitant increase of gasoline prices.’
- ‘How can any businessperson justify charging such an exorbitant price for apple pie and tea?’
- ‘Over 35 per cent said they were taken to shops where the prices were exorbitant.’
- ‘Word has it that the prices are so exorbitant because the taxi drivers have to give the resort a cut for operating there.’
- ‘The government has accused white farmers of delaying land reform by demanding exorbitant prices for their property.’
- ‘And then I would get discounts, which is good, because the prices of rugs are exorbitant.’
- ‘So, are you tired of paying exorbitant amounts for those dry little critters?’
- ‘At present the price of land in the area has rocketed with some very exorbitant prices being paid for sites for houses.’
- ‘Who in their right mind would pay the exorbitant prices they charge for everything?’
- ‘Most of the works are for sale, often at scarily exorbitant prices.’
- ‘The exorbitant rates charged at spas mean it is only for the A-list.’
- ‘I promise that you will never again have to pay exorbitant amounts to get your children into med school.’
- ‘She quoted a price, exorbitant for the boondocks but which she guessed would be cheap for a city person.’
- ‘Besides, shop owners charge an exorbitant rate for every thing they sell here.’
Late Middle English (originally describing a legal case that is outside the scope of a law): from late Latin exorbitant- going off the track, from exorbitare, from ex- out from + orbita course, track.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.