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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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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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Trefusis warmly replied that genius cost its possessor nothing; that it was the inheritance of the whole race incidentally vested in a single individual, and that if that individual employed his monopoly of it to extort money from others, he deserved nothing better than hanging.
They have forced themselves upon the sensibility of the people at large, and have at length extorted from those, whose mistaken policy has had the principal share in precipitating the extremity at which we are arrived, a reluctant confession of the reality of those defects in the scheme of our federal government, which have been long pointed out and regretted by the intelligent friends of the Union.
She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged; Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback, and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day.
The NPA allegedly extorts hundreds of millions of pesos from political candidates during elections, which they reportedly use to buy firearms and ammunition.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Thursday offered security to political candidates who may be extorted by communist rebels belonging to the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
A citizen appealed to the General Prosecutor's Office on July 24 saying a prosecutor of Issyk-Kul district extorts $300 bribe from him, while his deputy extorted 40,000 som for closure of the criminal case opened against him.