Be ripped off
In July, Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, opened its gardens to the public for the first time. Instead of having a once-in-a-lifetime experience as promised, many visitors complained about being ripped off after their visit. Many wrote bad reviews online saying that the more interesting parts of the garden were roped off and required visitors to pay more for a guided tour. Priced at ￡16.50 (about 148 yuan) per adult or ￡42 (about 373 yuan) for a family ticket, the tour was called “a waste of time and money”.
Rip off本意是“撕掉，扯掉”，还可以表示“欺诈，宰客”，rip someone off (敲某人竹杠)。Rip-off作名词，表示“要价过高的东西”，如：What a rip-off!