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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.
See also: blackmail

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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She said after she sent her photos to the accused, the latter blackmailed her in January this year saying he would post her photos on Facebook if she did not pay him $2,000.
The witness repeated that he never blackmailed anyone.
After Nagata reported to police that he was blackmailed, his embezzlement was uncovered during the course of investigations into the blackmail, they said.
Is the person who is blackmailed a "victim" in this second sense?
Consider first the possibility of being blackmailed.
The Raipur Police added that, in his complaint, Prakash Bajaj said the caller blackmailed and asked him for money, following which a case was registered by the Pandri Police Station.
A police lieutenant told prosecutors that the woman sent them an email complaint alleging that the accused had blackmailed her, threatening to tarnish her reputation, and forced her to send him money.
FIR contains information pertaining to Malik Riaz being blackmailed by three individuals.
Mustafa, headmaster of a private school in Sharjah who did not want his last name published, told Khaleej Times that several school students end up getting blackmailed as a result of affairs they have.
The Haia members were the ones to formally accuse the defendant after the 30-year-old married woman complained that he had blackmailed her through phone calls and text messages.
A GANG who blackmailed a man demanding PS5,000 turned out to be three schoolboys - aged just 15 - who had never been in any trouble before.
All this happened because he took the honourable course of going to the police when blackmailed,' Mr Whitfield said.
The last thing we need is for pillars of Irish society to be blackmailed.
Al Ali gave an example of 45 children between the ages of 10 and 19 who were blackmailed by three criminals, also in the GCC, saying some of the children were in the UAE.
Peshawar -- Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Wednesday arrested a man who blackmailed government officials by posing himself as senior civil judge of Peshawar High Court.