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extortion
used in Nicholas Nickleby

4 uses
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Definition
obtaining something by threat

or:

charging unfair prices of someone who has little choice
  • ' Miss La Creevy could not suppress a small shriek on hearing this, and instantly set about extorting a solemn pledge from Newman that he would use his utmost endeavours to pacify the wrath of Nicholas; which, after some demur, was conceded.
    Chapter 31 (91% in)
  • It was a politic course of proceeding, and one which could not fail to redound to his advantage in every point of view, since the very circumstance of his having extorted from Ralph Nickleby his real design in introducing his niece to such society, coupled with his extreme disinterestedness in communicating it so freely to his friend, could not but advance his interests in that quarter, and greatly facilitate the passage of coin (pretty frequent and speedy already) from the pockets of...
    Chapter 26 (27% in)
  • The next time he tampers with you, hand him over to the police, for attempting to extort money by lies and threats,—d'ye hear?
    Chapter 51 (80% in)
  • The information being promptly carried to Snawley that Squeers was in custody—he was not told for what—that worthy, first extorting a promise that he should be kept harmless, declared the whole tale concerning Smike to be a fiction and forgery, and implicated Ralph Nickleby to the fullest extent.
    Chapter 59 (92% in)

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