A textbook case of price-gouging: an animated infographic showing why university books in America cost so much
But with a third summer of high gasoline prices, lawmakers are debating legislation they claim would punish oil companies for exploiting the tight supply situation and engaging in “price gouging.” At the same time, they are pressing refiners to produce more fuel.
“Refiners want to keep running in today’s economic environment,” said Mr. Drevna of the refiners association. “But when they shut down they are accused of gouging the system. When they don’t, they are criticized for overrunning their facilities.”
“At best, the gates would have gouged lumps out of the timbers – at worst, if she had stuck in the dock entrance, and sat there unsupported as the tide fell beneath her, the keel could have broken,” said naval historian Brian Lavery, who has been researching the episode as curator of the 250th anniversary exhibition, with exhibits at Chatham Historic Dockyard, including the bullet that killed Nelson, loaned by the Queen. “The cables were fixed to haul her out into river, but they would have had no means of dragging her back into the dock. She would have been destroyed, and the usable timbers recycled.”
Unfair Phone Charges for Inmates
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
The Federal Communications Commission took an important step to end price-gouging but more needs to be done.
Piroska Nagy said the liaison was consensual but she had felt coerced because Mr. Strauss-Kahn was so senior to her, a person with direct knowledge of her version said.
By Sean Gregory
A class-action suit asserts that the retailer coerced baby-product companies into fixing their prices. Smart business or a not-so-cute conspiracy?
Although there are few independent statistics on the settlement industry, there is no doubt that some generous deals are being done.
“Traders with gas to sell are making a killing, and the utilities they’re selling to are getting destroyed.”
its slang meaning (to cheat, defraud, swindle or extort)n.
- A chisel with a rounded, troughlike blade.
- A scooping or digging action, as with such a chisel.
- A groove or hole scooped with or as if with such a chisel.
- Informal. A large amount, as of money, exacted or extorted.
- To cut or scoop out with or as if with a gouge: “He began to gouge a small pattern in the sand with his cane” (Vladimir Nabokov).
- To force out the eye of (a person) with one's thumb.
- To thrust one's thumb into the eye of.
- Informal. To extort from.
- Slang. To swindle.
North American informal
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin gubia, variant of gulbia, of Celtic origin.]gouger goug'er n.
中文（繁體）n. - 圓鑿, 以圓鑿刨, 溝
v. tr. - 用圓鑿子削除, 挖出, 欺騙
v. - 丸のみで彫る, くり抜く
n. - 丸のみ, 穴, 詐欺, ペテン
2 ゆすり, 搾取, 強奪；((米略式))詐欺, ぺてん；詐欺師.
1 …を丸のみで彫る［彫って造る］；…を（丸のみで）えぐり出す；…を（丸のみを使ったように）えぐる, 掘って造る；…を掘り出す((out))2 ((米略式))〈人から〉（金などを）ゆすり取る；…をぺてんにかける.
Pronunciation: /gaʊdʒ, guːdʒ/
Origin:late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin gubia, gulbia, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Old Irish gulba 'beak' and Welsh gylf 'beak, pointed instrument'
coercetr.v., -erced, -erc·ing, -erc·es.
- To force to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; compel.
- To dominate, restrain, or control forcibly: coerced the strikers into compliance. See synonyms at force.
- To bring about by force or threat: efforts to coerce agreement.
[Latin coercēre, to control, restrain : co-, co- + arcēre, to enclose, confine.]coercer co·erc'er n.
coercible co·erc'i·ble adj.