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.
See also: blackmail
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If so, are ordinary group members really likely to take the possible profits from blackmail into account?