blackmailnoun [ U ]uk /ˈblæk.meɪl/ us /ˈblæk.meɪl/
- I don't believe she would ever stoop to bribery or blackmail.
- They were found guilty of blackmail and sent to prison.
- His secret financial activities made him vulnerable to blackmail.
- Undoubtedly, blackmail is a very serious offence.
- They were villains who resorted to threats and blackmail to get what they wanted.
blackmailverb [ T ]uk /ˈblæk.meɪl/ us /ˈblæk.meɪl/
C2 to get money from someone by blackmail:
- When he found out about my affair he tried to blackmail me.
- A computer hacker's attempt to blackmail the bank was foiled by detectives last month.
- The gang thought they could use the photographs to blackmail the pop star.
- If someone is blackmailing you, you really must inform the police.
- The film is about a city dealer who is blackmailing his boss.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈblækˌmeɪ.lər/ us /ˈblækˌmeɪ.lɚ/