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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 ​withdrawingaid.
(Definition of hold sb to ransom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hold sb to ransom”
in Chinese (Simplified) 要挟(某人), 胁迫(某人)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 要挾(某人), 脅迫(某人)…
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