an offer (one) can't refuse

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an offer (one) can't refuse

An offer in which the repercussions for refusing would be so great that to do so would be either be dangerous or ill-advised. It often implies the "offer" is a threat, but this is not always the case. The phrase was coined by Mario Puzo in his 1969 novel The Godfather, and popularized by the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation of the same name. If he's not willing to agree to the contract, I might have to bring a few men over and make him an offer he can't refuse. The buyout deal was worth $9 billion to the company, so, really, it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
See also: offer, refuse

*offer one cannot refuse

Cliché a very attractive offer. (*Typically: give one ~; make ~; make one ~.) He made me an offer I could not refuse, so I sold him my car.
See also: cannot, offer, one, refuse
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But Juve, who have already spent PS165m this summer, could make Lyon and Dembele an offer they can't refuse before the transfer window closes on September 2.
Ghosts BBC1, Mon, 9.30pm A luxury hotel chain makes penniless and exhausted couple Mike and Alison an offer they can't refuse.
HULL will take The Godfather approach with Jarrod Bowen - they will only sell if they receive an offer they can't refuse.
It's truly "an offer they can't refuse," because if they do, the visitors often find their vehicles damaged when they return -- and the gang awaiting them, giving them a beating for failing to pay up.
The catch is that the sellers have to make a decision there and then, because the offer is only on the table as long as they are in the titular room - but the dealer in the next room could be waiting with an offer they can't refuse. This week, the dealers are asked to bid on a seven-foot-long stuffed Victorian turtle, erotic photographs, a collection of Vivienne Westwood hats and a James Bond suit worn by actor Sean Connery during his tenure as the secret agent.
Methinks that they will just fade into the community or go abroad, never to be seen again - until the next time somebody makes them an offer they can't refuse and they will be back with a false identity.
Benfica are said to be planning a summer bid for Boro striker Afonso Alves, though whether the Portuguese club will be capable of making Boro an offer they can't refuse remains to be seen.
City had a spy checking out Naughton against Southampton at Bramall Lane last Wednesday and again in yesterday's home clash with Preston, and Hughes will continue to monitor the youngster's form before making an offer they can't refuse.
"May be Birmingham will get an offer they can't refuse. I hope it will be solved."
IF you fancy a new home, make them an offer they can't refuse.
She said the couple decided to close the store because they received an offer they can't refuse. They will lease the 2,000-SF first-floor space beginning in August to David Bass.
NEW YORK Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount Home Video are once again making movie lovers an offer they can't refuse: DVD versions of all three "Godfather" movies and nearly 3 1/2 hours of supplemental material for 75 bucks.
Most refrigerated warehouses still use ammonia, and now they're getting an offer they can't refuse: a special offer on INFOS Ammonia Refrigeration Training software from Industrial Information Systems, Inc.
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