Daylight Robbery

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Daylight Robbery

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:01 pm

I have been looking for the origin of the expression, "Daylight robbery". I have read on line that it began when George III imposed the window tax, but it sounds like a backronym to me. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: Daylight Robbery

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 pm

My surmise is that the term is intended to emphasise the shamelessness of an instance of price gouging by comparing it to the shamelessness of a robbery carried out in full view rather than under the cover of darkness.

I agree that the 'window tax' explanation stinks... of folk etymology.
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Post by tony h » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:09 pm

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 pm

I agree that the 'window tax' explanation stinks... of folk etymology.
Also, with the window tax being introduced in 1696 (Wikipedia) and day-light robbery first being quoted in 1804 (OED) I would have expected a shorter gestation if that explanation were to be true.
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Re: Daylight Robbery

Post by Phil White » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:36 pm

Michael Quinion has had a look at it here. He also just takes the figurative meaning. Nothing to do with windows.
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