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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The laptop and smartphone that the accused had used in the alleged blackmail were seized.
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A Kent Police spokesman said: "His crimes came to light when one of his victims, a teenage boy, came forward to report that Chidlow had forced him to send indecent images of himself over social media and messaging services, and had subsequently used the indecent images to blackmail him into sexual acts."
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Summary: Blackmail against women is on the rise in Saudi Arabia with more complaints to the religious police, according to press reports, prompting some women to take matters into their own hands.
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