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verb [T]     /ˈblæk.meɪl/
C2 to get money from someone by blackmail: They used the photographs to blackmail her into spying for them.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping blackmailer     /-ˌmeɪ.lər/ US  /-ˌmeɪ.lɚ/ noun [C] Miscellaneous criminals
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