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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She alleged that 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 (Dh7,340).
Between March through May that year, Takahashi and Hayakawa then blackmailed Nagata for a total of 20 million yen, threatening to tell the bank's management about his unauthorized refunding of the deposits, the investigators said.
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She's been pressurised and blackmailed into marriage by that girl and her family.
We will not be blackmailed by false and fabricated statements.
According to court records, when she decided to stop seeing him, the latter blackmailed her and coerced her to continue their affair.
She added that recently the accused again blackmailed her and called her to unknown place, where the accused and his friend Habib forcibly raped her and fled away after throwing her in a rural area from where she was shifted to a local hospital in very critical condition.
However they were only handed over on October 22 in a manner that allegedly blackmailed MPs into passing them by November 5.
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 representative for the model said yesterday: "Katie has been helping police after a third party was blackmailed. An individual has now been arrested and charged, so she won't comment further."
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.
A mother-of-three who blackmailed a 65-year-old man and claimed he sexually abused her was given a nine-month suspended prison sentence yesterday.
Maryam Nawaz argues that the video of Judge Arshad with PML-N worker Nasir Butt clearly shows the judge admitting that he was blackmailed during the trial and was forced to pass a judgement against Nawaz Sharif despite the fact that there was no proof against him.
LAHORE: Police in Pakpattan have arrested two members of a female gang who had blackmailed a number of men by threatening to expose sensitive videos.The group, which included a female police constable, made calls to men, recorded their sensitive videos and blackmailed them.