To extort is to use information or the threat of violence to acquire cash or something else. Extortion is a classic shakedown, a gouge, a squeeze.

Usually it's money someone is after if they're going to extort you for it. Threats of violence and blackmail are probably the two most popular ways to extort a person. It's illegal but surprisingly common. Watch siblings play — older brothers serve no time for extortion.

Definitions of extort
  1. verb
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    “They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss”
    synonyms: gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
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    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  2. verb
    obtain through intimidation
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    obtain through threats
    type of:
    take by force
  3. verb
    get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
    synonyms: wring from
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    prise, pry
    make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry
    type of:
    come into possession of
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