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extortion
used in Catch-22

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Definition
obtaining something by threat

or:

charging unfair prices of someone who has little choice
  • He was a proud and independent man who was opposed to unemployment insurance and never hesitated to whine, whimper, wheedle, and extort for as much as he could get from whomever he could.
    Chapter 9 — Major Major Major Major (10% in)
  • Colonel Korn was the lawyer, and if Colonel Korn assured him that fraud, extortion, currency manipulation, embezzlement, income tax evasion and black-market speculations were legal, Colonel Cathcart was in no position to disagree with him.
    Chapter 21 — General Dreedle (14% in)

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