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hold sb to ransom

to force someone to do something by putting that person in a situation where something bad will happen if they do not: The government says it is being held to ransom by the actions of terrorist groups.
Translations of “hold sb to ransom”
in Chinese (Traditional) 要挾(某人), 脅迫(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 要挟(某人), 胁迫(某人)…
(Definition of hold sb to ransom from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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