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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J and Joseph never cease to amaze How much they remind us of the Krays They live life fast and right on the edge They really are Little Ronnie and Reg We always try to respect their views Cos they've made us an offer we can't refuse We definitely try to honour their wishes Cos we don't want to sleep with the fishes When they visit our home, there's always mayhem There is no way we can please them They are not really gangsters, of that we are sure Because Joseph is two and E.
It will only be if somebody makes an offer we can't refuse that it will be accepted.
If it's an offer we can't refuse that would be sweeter as it would be a good fee.
I bet Tony Blair wishes he could make voters an offer we can't refuse.
Any interested parties know the figures we are talking about and it is up to them to make us an offer we can't refuse.
But maybe Northlake will make us an offer we can't refuse.