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English definition of “blackmail”
/ˈblækˌmeɪl/ n [U]
› the act of threatening to harm someone or someone's reputation unless the person does as you say, or a payment made to someone who has threatened to harm you or your reputation if you fail to pay the person: Reckless behavior made him an easy target for blackmail. blackmail
/ˈblækˌmeɪl/ v [T] › The guy who blackmailed my father went to jail.