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English definition of “blackmail”

blackmail

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈblækmeɪl/
to make threats to harm a company or organization if they do not do something you want, such as give you money: A former executive, seeking damages of $2.5 million, was accused of trying to blackmail the company.
(Definition of blackmail verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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