Extortion

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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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Mr Abse added: "I urged him to let me deal with his extortioner but to no avail.
The lawmaker recommended that the Government is reduced, strict oversight is maintained over implementation of the programs, and "all beasts and extortioners are shot mercilessly.
Belcour aligns himself with his audience as he describes his first experiences on English soil: "Accustomed to a land of slaves and out of patience with the whole tribe of custom-house extortioners, boatmen, tidewaiters, and water bailiffs that beset me on all sides worse than a swarm of mosquitos," he admits that he "brushed them aside" too roughly and that a "furious scuffle" ensued.