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get an offer one can't refuse

Slang definitions & phrases for get an offer one can't refuse

get an offer one can't refuse

make an offer one can't refuse

verb phrase

To coerce or menace, esp with an ostensibly plausible offer: ''He's a businessman,'' the Don said blandly. ''I'll make him an offer he can't refuse''/ The North Atlantic allies last week got an offer they couldn't brusquely refuse

[1960s+; popularized by Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and the subsequent movie]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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