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Definition of blackmail verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blackmail
he / she / it blackmails
past simple blackmailed
-ing form blackmailing
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to force someone to give you money or do something for you by threatening them, for example by saying you will tell people a secret about them blackmail somebody She blackmailed him for years by threatening to tell the newspapers about their affair. blackmail somebody into doing something The president said he wouldn't be blackmailed into agreeing to the terrorists' demands.
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