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English definition of “blackmail”

blackmail

noun [U]     /ˈblæk.meɪl/
C2 the act of getting money from people or forcing them to do something by threatening to tell a secret of theirs or to harm them: In a position of authority , any weakness leaves you open to blackmail.Fraud and corruption
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