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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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threaten with

To express a threat against someone by some means or action: The principal threatened the rowdy students with expulsion.
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The Swan, threatened with death, burst forth into song and thus made himself known by his voice, and preserved his life by his melody.
Is a gentleman, my friend, my guest, to be besieged, entrapped, and threatened with death, because he is suspected?
Fearing for his safety, the guard alerted a colleague who came to Crystal help but she too was also verbally abused and threatened with violence.
Washington, Sept 29 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the world's plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world's plant species threatened with extinction.
Nearly one third of the 435 species of butterflies found in Europe have declining populations and 9% of these species are already threatened with extinction.
A SHOP assistant had a screwdriver held to his throat and was threatened with his life during a robbery at a city Spar shop.
Of the world's 2,700 palm species, about 224 are highly threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, including 15 of Hawaii's 23 native Pritchardia species.
Only a small fraction of the world's plant species has been studied in detail but as many as half are threatened with extinction.
BETWEEN THE LINES: Putting aside the fact that pollsters often design their surveys to get the results they want, one wonders if the public really knows that there were only 78 species supposedly threatened with extinction in 1967, as compared to more than 1,800 deemed endangered or threatened today.
Such is the threat to the soft drink industry that one of Australia's major water bottling companies, Neverfail, is now threatened with a takeover by the local Coca Cola bottling company.
The 2000 survey found that close to one in four of the world's mammal species and one in eight of the world's bird species are threatened with extinction.
Being threatened with court almost made me physically ill."
That policy resulted in individuals once more being falsely accused of being gay and being interrogated, investigated, and threatened with loss of careers.
Passed by Congress in 1973, the Act makes it a crime to "harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect" any species listed as endangered or threatened with extinction.
18 by the General Accounting Office (GAO), while it's not possible to save all species threatened with extinction, "biologists we interviewed suggested that recovery is possible for nearly 70 percent of the listed domestic species" -- if appropriate recovery plans are enacted.