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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

v.
To express a threat against someone by some means or action: The principal threatened the rowdy students with expulsion.
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"On June 12 a complaint was received from MoS Home G Kishan Reddy stating that on May 20 he had received threatening calls, two times on his mobile number.
Kuyo has been charged with threatening to kill the granny using a machete on October 14, 2018, at Murumba village in Sirembe sub location, Gem Sub County.
He also denied sending an offensive message to the man in November, threatening to kick in the door of his mother's house and sending a threatening message which included the word"kill."
Dubai: A salesman lost his appeal and will be jailed for three months for sending SMSs to his ex-fiancee threatening to publish their sex tape on social media if she married someone else.
Summary: Defendant sentenced in absentia to 3 months in jail for threatening to kill restaurant owner
John Doi has been fined PS1,225 for assaulting the train guard and verbally abusing and threatening another member of train staff.
Mark Fortune, a prisoner in Saughton jail, had pled guilty previously at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to two charges of threatening people with violence, one of assault, four of obtaining money by fraud, two charges of sending threatening emails and a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
However, it's possible that more threatened species are found in cities because urbanisation is a key threatening process.'
A MAN who fired shots at a house after threatening to burn it down threw a dog at gardai, a court heard.
Dubai Police questioned the accused, who denied threatening to kill the couple.
According to the victim, the officer started threatening her immediately after the former lodged a complaint in January.
Summary: MP Strida Geagea has filed a suit against unnamed persons who allegedly made threatening phone calls and sent letters demeaning Geagea and threatening her life, her office announced Friday.
Summary: A housewife filed a lawsuit against her husband accusing him of assaulting and threatening to kill her.
THE number of people threatening to jump from high buildings in the city previously sparked a probe by council and police chiefs.
one of the two has left the mosque and is no longer threatening self-immolation.