an offer (one) can't refuse

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an offer (one) can't refuse

An offer for which the repercussions for refusing would be dangerous or ill-advised. It often implies that the "offer" is a threat, though 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. Man, I don't want to take on this project, but it's basically an offer I can't refuse because I can't afford to anger the boss right now.
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*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.
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