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extort (something) from (someone or something)

To obtain something from someone or something through coercive means. I thought he was my friend, but here he is, trying to extort money from me through blackmail.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

extort something from someone or something

to steal something from someone by coercion; to force someone to give something by making threats. The crook was trying to extort a lot of money from the widow by selling her a worthless insurance policy. The authorities caught the accounting firm trying to extort a great deal of money from the bank.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He said that, the police had arrested three extorters including Usman, Ejaz and Farooq, involved in a money extortion case and were demanding Rs 2 million as 'Bhatta' from a local trader few days ago.
Al Al-Sheikh once more explained that the Kingdom has gained a number of positive results from this historic decision which restored the legitimacy from its extorters and handed it over to the legitimate representative of the Yemeni people, noting that the position of the national assembly of Pakistan towards this issue is one of the reasons for this successful visit as many questions were being answered through "my" explanation of the Saudi position to the members of the Pakistani parliament in addition to so many other results which are expected to bring about benefits for the two sides.
Frightening incident took place at 10:30 Turkish Local (GMT 07:30) on Halaskargazi Streets of E[currency]iE-li when a Syrian origin man just arrived his office where extorters beat him and grabbed his money.
The video shortcut depicts the extorters on the right: "If the Government forces on us, we will launch a civil war, a revolution," one of them said.
The power balance has dramatically changed and the ones who used to back the extorters, or provide a shady cover for their work, are gone or sidelined.
I feel like naming and shaming the extorters, even if it leads back to France.
"Many of the companies-victims of extorters do their business in violation of the law and as such they become an easy case for extortion by MPs, who need to return the money they spent for elections and to gain profit," the report reads.
Protests raised slogans against the government and demanded for the instant eradication of target killers and extorters from the area.