The United Nations has dubbed this specious argument “the legitimacy of blackmail.”
Martin Kramer guesses at the Muslim Brotherhood's economic plan for Egypt: blackmail.
The fired host unloads on Current TV, accusing Al Gore of being a dilettante and co-owner Joel Hyatt of blackmail.
VanDyke confirmed the attack on his website, writing that SEA had emailed him a blackmail threat.
The blackmail sublot comes from Chinese martial-arts fiction, called wuxia, which Chabon read in preparation for the novel.
Therefore, people do not always see that boodling is treason; that blackmail is piracy, that tax-dodging is larceny.
She had been convicted of blackmail, and she made no pretense even of innocence.
St. Clare was soon suffocated by difficulties of bribery and blackmail; and needed more and more cash.
Ida has gone to warn her now in case she tries to blackmail you.
But doesn't it strike you that you're trying to blackmail your father?
1550s, from black (adj.) + Middle English male "rent, tribute," from Old English mal "lawsuit, terms, bargaining, agreement," from Old Norse mal "speech, agreement;" related to Old English mæðel "meeting, council," mæl "speech," Gothic maþl "meeting place," from Proto-Germanic *mathla-, from PIE *mod- "to meet, assemble" (see meet (v.)). From the practice of freebooting clan chieftains who ran protection rackets against Scottish farmers. Black from the evil of the practice. Expanded c.1826 to any type of extortion money. Cf. silver mail "rent paid in money" (1590s); buttock-mail (Scottish, 1530s) "fine imposed for fornication."
1852, from blackmail (n.). Related: Blackmailed; blackmailing.