blackmail (someone) into (something)

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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.
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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."
The second victim was gaming machine businessman Ron Hancock who, it is alleged, the men said was going to be robbed by gypsies to blackmail him into handing over pounds 24,000 for Clarke to "protect" him.