Meaning of “hold sb to ransom” in the English Dictionary

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"hold sb to ransom" in British English

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hold sb to ransom

UK US hold sb ransom

to force someone to do something by putting that person in a situation where they have no choice:

He claimed his country was being held to ransom by threats of withdrawing aid.

(Definition of “hold sb to ransom” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)