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threaten (one) with

To use some specific punishment as a warning for someone to do or not do something. His parents threatened him for a week without video games if he didn't clean up his room. We must aim to topple any government that threatens its citizens with imprisonment or bodily harm for merely offering a dissenting opinion.
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threaten someone with someone or something

to warn someone that there will be punishment in the form of someone or something if conditions are not met. No, no! Your Uncle Herman is not coming here! Please don't threaten me with Uncle Herman! Are you threatening me with bodily harm?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

threaten with

v.
To express a threat against someone by some means or action: The principal threatened the rowdy students with expulsion.
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References in classic literature ?
If they threaten us with Baudoyer we shall say to the clerical phalanx, 'Such and such a paper and such and such men will attack your measures and the whole press will be against you' (for even the ministerial journals which I influence will be deaf and dumb, won't they, Finot?).
How dare the energy fatcats threaten us with power cuts?
Speaking anonymously, one of Rhondda Cynon Taf council's disgruntled bin men said: "We weren't contracted to work that weekend so how can they threaten us with the sack for gross misconduct?
"We will always maintain our right to use force against groups such as Al-Qaeda that have attacked us and still threaten us with imminent attack," she added.
The police should not threaten us with the excuse that they would act against us citing the law and order problem," Thackeray said in a statement.
"We do not welcome the idea of threat or sanctions, but we would never implore those who threaten us with sanctions to reverse their sanctions against us," he was quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.
''The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons,'' Bush said.