blackmail


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blackmail (someone) into (something)

To coerce someone to take a certain action by threatening to expose something about them. I've known him for years and can definitely blackmail him into silence. The maid blackmailed her famous employer into paying her an exorbitant sum of money.
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blackmail someone into doing something

to force a person to do something by threatening to reveal some secret about the person. Are you trying to blackmail me into doing what you want? They blackmailed me into doing it.
See also: blackmail
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So far there have been 100 webcam blackmails reported.
Poed's leadership has proved beyond reasonable doubt its use of blackmail and bullying, but what is worse is that the government's pathetically weak response, makes it appear that the union's behaviour is perfectly reasonable.
Fraser had been due to stand a retrial on the charge of blackmail but entered a plea of guilty to the offence of attempted blackmail, which was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.
He said: "Many people, especially in sexual blackmail cases, don't inform us as they feel ashamed.
He further stated that Ankara Mayor Melih GE[micro]kcek has some blackmail videos which is why he has been serving as a mayor for many years.
ISHMAEEL AKBAR, 32, Kingsbury Road, Tipton: Admitted false imprisonment, blackmail and GBH with intent.
Eifion Howatson, 41, of Ruthin, admitted two charges of blackmail at an earlier hearing and was at Caernarfon Crown Court for sentence.
Ishmaeel Akbar, 32, of |Kingsbury Road, Tipton: Admitted false imprisonment, blackmail and GBH with intent.
Patrick Chidlow, of Dashwood Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to 16 charges, which included blackmail, possessing and distributing indecent images of children, rape and inciting or causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
Our message is clear: Our focus is on keeping people safe and there is no hiding place - anywhere in the world - if you are a criminal and you undertake this type of activity, which preys on those who might be the most vulnerable and susceptible to coercion and blackmail.
He would lure them into taking nude photographs and videos, only to use them as blackmail, saying he would publish the pictures if they didn't have sexual relations with him.
THE criminal careers of a blackmail gang's key members is revealed today as they face years behind bars for a terrifying tarmac con.
Russia uses blackmail to force Armenia and Ukraine to join the Customs Union, secretary of the opposition
Why should the trial for racketeering, blackmail be secret?
KATIE Price has revealed that a man has been charged with blackmail following the theft of sexually explicit pictures.