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English definition of “hold sb to ransom”

hold sb to ransom

to force someone to do something by putting them 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.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading
(Definition of hold sb to ransom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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