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ransom

noun [C or U]     /ˈræn.səm/
a large amount of money that is demanded in exchange for someone who has been taken prisoner, or sometimes for an animal: a ransom demand/note They demanded a huge ransom for the return of the little girl whom they had kidnapped. The gang held the racehorse to/for ransom.Forms of money and methods of payment
(Definition of ransom noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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