To levy blackmail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To levy blackmail to extort money by threats, as of injury to one's reputation.
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Usage

In literature:

Coal and transport, for example, could paralyze the national life, and could levy blackmail by threatening to do so.
"Political Ideals" by Bertrand Russell
He had good cause to know: he was levying blackmail on Philias.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Unfortunately for him, it was not a mere levy of blackmail that was now to satisfy the partisan chieftains.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Another favorite pastime of the Highbinder who is usually a loafer, is to levy blackmail on a wealthy Chinaman.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
But, Senor, I should be sorry to have you think we levy blackmail indiscriminately.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
If this stinking quartet takes it into its head to levy annual blackmail, where is the money coming from?
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
The pretty variety artiste was endeavouring to levy blackmail.
"The Secrets of Potsdam" by William Le Queux
If this is so, why have they not attempted to levy blackmail?
"The Pauper of Park Lane" by William Le Queux
They want to levy blackmail.
"The Day of Temptation" by William Le Queux
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