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Hi

Would you say that these sentences would sound natural in the right context? Any suggestions please?

  1. Some shops in the town were really flaying. (they charged too much)
  2. Some shops in the town were really fleecing. (they charged too much)
  3. Some shops in the town charged exorbitant rates.
  4. Some shops in the town charged insanely.
  5. Some shops in the town charged too much.

Thanks,

Tom

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Mr. TomWould you say that these sentences would sound natural in the right context?

Some shops in the town charged too much sounds natural to me.

Some shops in the town were really fleecing their customers sounds natural to me. (I've never heard it used intransitively.)

Some shops in the town were charging exorbitant rates sounds a little less natural, but it's OK.

charged insanely doesn't ring true for me as a natural thing to say. charged insane prices seems better.

Your first sentence, with flay, is something I've never heard before. I had to look it up in a dictionary, and not all dictionaries even had the definition 'fleece'.

CJ