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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.
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If one aspired to a successful career as a blackmailer, one would have to have a steady supply of high-quality dirt.
And even were it impossible to keep the secret after the blackmailer's death, that would be unfortunate but not a rights violation: the blackmailer offered silence for the term of his life; the blackmailee had no right to more.
Afterwards, Hylton "returned"and the woman said she had been raped by the blackmailer.
The blackmailer, arrested in the police ambush, admitted his scheme, but said that there was no relation between him and the husband's wife.
However, when she realised that the blackmailer was not satiated and that he wanted more money and gifts, she took her case to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
The bag was part of a police trap to catch blackmailers.
Police said the blackmailer, had not yet contacted them.
A Birmingham man coerced a woman to have sadomasochistic sex and then tricked her into believing she had been raped by a mysterious blackmailer, a court heard yesterday.
However, she later realised that the blackmailer was not satiated and that he wanted more money and gifts, prompting her to report her case to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
BLACKMAILER James Greenshields deserves to be in jail - and his so-called victim, Robert McGowan, should be in the next cell.
A gay DSS fraud investigator who swindled his bosses out of pounds 120,000 income support to stop a blackmailer "outing" him was jailed for three and a half years yesterday.
A MUM has won the right to find out the identity of a blackmailer who she thinks posted "sensitive" details about her child on her Wikipedia entry.
The 39-year-old Scot has been cast as seducer and blackmailer Mr Wickham in a touring production of Jane Austen's classic Pride And Prejudice.
The blackmailer pretended to have "certain videos that compromised Mr Al Fayed," said Mr Nicholas Coleman, prosecuting.
15pm A woman hides the body of her daughter's lover, only to find herself targeted by a blackmailer.