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extort

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈstɔːt/ us    /-ˈstɔːrt/
to get something by force or threats, or with difficulty: He had been extorting money from the old lady for years. Police have not so far been able to extort a confession from the people accused of the bombing.
extortion
noun [U] uk   /-ˈstɔː.ʃən/ us    /-ˈstɔːr.ʃən/
He was found guilty of obtaining the money by extortion (= by forceful methods).
Translations of “extort”
in Spanish conseguir a la fuerza…
in French extorquer…
in German erpressen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敲詐,勒索, 強求…
in Russian вымогать…
in Turkish tehditle almak, zorla el koymak, gözünü korkutarak parasını almak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 敲诈,勒索, 强求…
in Polish wymuszać…
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