hold (one) to ransom

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hold (one) to ransom

To demand something or some action from someone by threatening them with a harmful consequence if they do not comply. Threatening us with a fine if we don't participate in the survey is a bit like holding us to ransom, isn't it?
See also: hold, ransom

hold someone to ransom

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COMMON If one person holds another to ransom, the first person uses their power or influence to force the second to do something they do not want to do. But who are the powerful men at the Bundesbank who have the power to hold Europe to ransom? Giorgio Armani, the fashion guru, refused to be held to ransom by greedy catwalk supermodels.
See also: hold, ransom, someone

hold someone or something to ransom

1 hold someone prisoner and demand payment for their release. 2 demand concessions from a person or organization by threatening damaging action.

hold somebody to ˈransom


1 hold somebody as a prisoner until money has been paid for their release: The kidnappers held the little girl to ransom for more than eight hours.
2 try to force somebody to do what you want by using threats: The government said that the workers were holding the country to ransom by demanding a ten per cent pay rise.
See also: hold, ransom, somebody
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It's awful of people put this amount of pressure on us and try to hold us to ransom.
I would do this by firstly bringing banks into public ownership so they cannot hold us to ransom again and then by re-nationalising the NHS and refusing to repay PFI.
It should not be sold off to private companies, which will hold us to ransom while reaping huge profits.
The college was, in effect, trying to hold us to ransom - and things got worse after I complained.
The political class have got to show the guts that they will not allow the banks to hold us to ransom again.
Even in January when I knew I was under pressure to get some players in, I knew there was a fair chance people would hold us to ransom.
ARSENAL have told Thierry Henry: You won't hold us to ransom, writes NEIL SILVER.
This guy tried to hold us to ransom earlier in the summer and now he's back with his begging bowl because he couldn't get a better deal anywhere else.
North Staffs A&E are basically trying to hold us to ransom to do their transfers and won't release any crews.
The more people like Andy Gilchrist try to hold us to ransom, the more ordinary people will lose their respect for our brave firemen.
The more people like Andy Gilchrist try to hold us to ransom and talk about bringing down the Government, the more ordinary people will lose their respect for our brave firemen.
Over the years I have paid thousands of pounds in premiums and now they want to hold us to ransom.
At present we have to buy in about half of our gas but that figure is expected to increase to 75% by 2020, raising fears that gas-rich powers could hold us to ransom like Russia did with Ukraine five years ago.
And everybody knows we are ambitious and trying to get people in, which means they try and hold us to ransom and we have to resist that.
He hasn't mentioned it to me but I know he will not hold us to ransom.