Phrasal verb: rip off

rip (someone) off
Transitive, Inseparable
Meaning: to charge an excess amount for something
Example: I can’t believe I paid so much for that bag.  The salesperson ripped me off!

Sometimes when travelling, taxi drivers will try to rip you off.  To avoid being ripped off by a taxi driver you should: ask a reliable local how the taxi system works, find out if the taxis use meters or if they have flat rates,and be aware of how much it should cost to reach your destination.  Sometimes walking five minutes away from the tourist hot spot will also help prevent taxi drivers from charging you extra.  And of course, smiling and being polite always helps!

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