blackmail (someone) into (something)

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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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They cannot continually blackmail us into giving more funds while having no say in what happens to our country.
We do not seek any special deals with the EU, so they cannot blackmail us into accepting any terms they wish to impose on us.
We do not seek any special deals with the EU so that they cannot blackmail us into accepting any terms they wish to impose.
As a result of this decision, an inspector can blackmail us into giving him money by threatening to reports as wrongdoers and close down our source of income," said Khamis.
It was only yesterday that the Government finally admitted to us that their alternarive arrangements are frankly wholly inadequate and in someway wish to blackmail us into assisting them.
FBU leader Andy Gilchrist said his union was still prepared to talk to local authority employers or ministers, But he warned: ``We are no longer to have our commitment to the safety of the public blackmail us into the issue of poor pay.
But he warned: "We are no longer to have our commitment to the safety of the public blackmail us into the issue of poor pay.
But he warned: 'We are no longer to have our commitment to the safety of the public blackmail us into the issue of poor pay.
But he warned, ``We are no longer to have our commitment to the safety of the public blackmail us into the issue of poor pay.
Kleis added, "Besides, states need to send the federal government a message--that it's not OK to blackmail us into passing laws that the federal government wants but can't impose.
But now the Government wants to blackmail us into taking out insurance in case we end up in a nursing home.
Given this information and the other exposures of fraud and manipulation, I wonder if any of the Labour MPs, or even the Tories, could tell us if they plan a major shift in policy on climate change, thereby saving us a fortune on those factually incorrect adverts which try to blackmail us into paying more money out on the political whim of the day?
And I'm disgusted by the idea our government might try to blackmail us into supporting the bid because it hasn't got the will to tackle our social problems without the catalyst of the Olympics.
It doesn't prove he had the weapons that Tony Blair used to blackmail us into war.
But I object to the way some businesses try to blackmail us into accepting inferior service, by claiming they're being environmentally conscious, when they're really just cutting corners.