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verb [transitive] blackmail pronunciation in British English /ˈblækˌmeɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleblackmailing
past tenseblackmailed
past participleblackmailed
  1. 1
    to make someone give you money or do what you want by threatening to tell people embarrassing information about them
    Someone was trying to blackmail him with pictures of him and his mistress.
    blackmail someone into doing something: Susannah claims she was blackmailed into helping the men with the robbery.
  2. 2
    to use threats to persuade a person or government to do what you want
    The Prime Minister has said his government will not be blackmailed by the rebels.


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