extort

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
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v 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
Types:
bleed
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

v obtain through intimidation

Types:
blackmail
obtain through threats
Type of:
take
take by force

v get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner

Synonyms:
wring from
Types:
prise, pry
make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

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