blackmail

ˈblakmeɪl

noun

the action, treated as a criminal offence, of demanding payment or another benefit from someone in return for not revealing compromising or damaging information about them.

they were acquitted of charges of blackmail

extortion,demanding money with menaces,exaction,intimidation,protection racket,bribery,wringing,milking,bleeding,bloodsucking,hush money,chantage

verb

demand money or another benefit from (someone) in return for not revealing compromising or damaging information about them.

they use this fact to blackmail him, trying to force him to vote for their candidate

extort money from,threaten,hold to ransom,milk,bleed,demand hush money from

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