an offer one can't refuse

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an offer one can't refuse

An offer in which the repercussions for refusing would be so great that to do so would be either be dangerous or ill-advised. It often implies the "offer" is a threat, but this is not always the case. The phrase was coined by Mario Puzo in his 1969 novel The Godfather, and popularized by the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation of the same name. If he's not willing to agree to the contract, I might have to bring a few men over and make him an offer he can't refuse. The buyout deal was worth $9 billion to the company, so, really, it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
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Elsewhere, Carla is made an offer she can't refuse.
WHEN a dame says you never take me any place any more you know you gotta come up with an offer she can't refuse - any wise guy worth his salt will tell ya.
Declan, not knowing what Katie is up to, makes his sis Megan an offer she can't refuse, given that she's bankrupt, but Gennie then reveals the extent of Katie's scheming and their friendship is over for good.
I hear she has been made an offer she can't refuse and wants to concentrate on that.
However, when she bumps into Trevor, who's quit his bin job and plans to go travelling across Europe in a camper van, he makes her an offer she can't refuse.
neighbours w LYN wonders what she's let herself in for when she realises the financial implications of owning Harold's store, until Paul makes her an offer she can't refuse.
She urges Lyn to call a truce, which she does, but for how long after Paul makes her an offer she can't refuse is anybody's guess.
She's not exactly wealthy, and struggles to deal with the financial implications of owning the place - until Paul comes up with an offer she can't refuse.
She very politely declined - she's a really shy girl - but Michael is now hoping to make her an offer she can't refuse to perform with him in London this summer.
Come on, Mr Franklin, make her an offer she can't refuse.
Elsewhere, George Palmer makes restaurant owner Rosa an offer she can't refuse.
Carla makes Maddie an offer she can't refuse, Michael has tests to see if his heart condition is hereditary, and David is furious when Kylie starts work at the bistro again.
She has had meeting with producers and realises it's her dream job - an offer she can't refuse.
Elsewhere, Shirley's brain for business goes out the window when she is befriended by flamboyant Viv, who wines and dines her before coming up with an offer she can't refuse.
There's pregnancy, proposals and plotting as Gail makes Tina an offer she can't refuse in Corrie, Tanya lays a trap for Max on the Square and Calvin's gift is blown out of all proportion in Hollyoaks