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Definitionobtaining something by threat
charging unfair prices of someone who has little choice
- "When we last spake together," said Hester, "now seven years ago, it was your pleasure to extort a promise of secrecy as touching the former relation betwixt yourself and me.Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (37% in)
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