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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RANGERS' administrators last night told the Blue Knights they have until Wednesday to make them an offer they can't refuse.
And Ibrox fans are concerned the cash-strapped club will receive an offer they can't refuse for prize assets Nikica Jelavic, who was subject of a failed summer bid from Leicester, and Allan McGregor when the transfer window opens on January 1.
The catch is that the sellers have to make a decision there and then, because the offer is only on the table as long as they are in the titular room - but the dealer in the next room could be waiting with an offer they can't refuse.
Methinks that they will just fade into the community or go abroad, never to be seen again - until the next time somebody makes them an offer they can't refuse and they will be back with a false identity.
The law review article, An Offer They Can't Refuse, establishes that if judges and other officials are on notice of better alternatives to the disparate practice of incarceration and choose to ignore those alternatives, they can held accountable for injuries.
Benfica are said to be planning a summer bid for Boro striker Afonso Alves, though whether the Portuguese club will be capable of making Boro an offer they can't refuse remains to be seen.
City had a spy checking out Naughton against Southampton at Bramall Lane last Wednesday and again in yesterday's home clash with Preston, and Hughes will continue to monitor the youngster's form before making an offer they can't refuse.
May be Birmingham will get an offer they can't refuse.
IF you fancy a new home, make them an offer they can't refuse.
She said the couple decided to close the store because they received an offer they can't refuse.
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We've seen this drama before, the one in which government officials make a group an offer they can't refuse.
Ben & Jerry's is making ice cream lovers an offer they can't refuse - free ice cream, free music, and the opportunity to have a voice in the next presidential election.
2 admits gaffer Stuart McCall is worried the club will receive an offer they can't refuse .