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make an offer one can't refuse

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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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