One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘troops using narcotics could be susceptible to blackmail’
extortion, demanding money with menaces, exaction, intimidation
protection racket, bribery
wringing, milking, bleeding, bloodsucking
informal hush money
1‘he was going to blackmail the murderers’
extort money from, threaten, hold to ransom, milk, bleed
informal demand hush money from
2‘she had tried to blackmail him into marrying her’
coerce, pressurize, pressure, bring pressure to bear on, bulldoze, force, railroad
informal lean on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm
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