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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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In theory, a blackmailer will bind himself as long as he gains enough to cover lost opportunities for further demands, third party deals, and the like.
The blackmailer had already directed police to two vials of cyanide solution, which were found in places where they posed no danger to the public.
The company officials traveled to the drop point, but did not follow the man's instructions after that and the blackmailer did not show up.
The first is that what the blackmailer threatens to do, characteristically, is merely to reveal or publicize what is true of, albeit highly damaging to, another.
"Blackmailers like Blagojevich can't be allowed to get away with destroying people's lives."
Online comments supported the decision to review the verdict, saying that the seven-month sentence was in fact a picnic for the aggressor and blackmailer.
'Its victims are vulnerable because in order to bring the blackmailer to justice they must themselves make public the secrets the blackmailer has threatened to expose.
The Guilty Sky Premier, 8pm In the past Bill Pullman has played a would-be blackmailer, a ditched fiance, a romantic lead and an heroic president.
A riveting game of cat-and-mouse between mother and blackmailer turns into a most unlikely love story The movie is very entertaining and engaging: basically, the story of a good woman who is driven to breaking point by fear and desperation.
In this updated '40s drama, Siegel and McGehee's switch of the child from a daughter to a closeted gay son grabs today's audiences--especially in the scene where a blackmailer (Goran Visnjic of ER) shows Margaret (Tilda Swinton) a graphic videotape of her son, Bean (Jonathan Tucker), having sex with his older male lover, who has since turned up dead.
A blackmailer sent a sinister letter to a Birmingham woman telling her she would die unless she left pounds 20,000 on the grave of her husband, a court heard yesterday.
In mid-July, the blackmailer told company officials to take 50 million yen in cash to a location at Kakegawa Station on Central Japan Railway Co.'s Tokaido Line.
In allowing that the blackmailer violates no right of a blackmailee,(4) Levin concedes just about all I have ever argued.(5) The absence of any rights-violation, I have wanted to claim, is sufficient to justify blackmail's decriminalization.
THIS country is going animal crackers - and I don't just mean the monstrous blackmailer Barry Horne (may he rot in hell).
Wole Soyinka being a 'blackmailer', over the Nobel Laureate's statement of the Buhari-led administration behaving like Abacha by arresting Omoyele Sowore.