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noun as in blackmail money paid for return of possession or person

verb as in pay blackmail money for return of possession or person


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The Magic didn’t exactly net a king’s ransom when they traded away four veterans — Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Al-Farouq Aminu — in three deals Thursday, but their sell-off was a long time coming.

Some do it for fun, while others seek to hijack systems, blackmail targets or win a lucrative ransom.

A better analogy for today’s algorithmically driven platform would be one of those ransom notes from the movies, where the kidnapper cuts out magazine letters to spell words.

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A Gulf State had promised to pay a huge ransom—Padnos says he was told 11 million Euros—in exchange for the American, and Abu Maria planned to be there.

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The leaguewide quarterback movement began last month when the Detroit Lions agreed to trade Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for fellow quarterback Jared Goff and a king’s ransom of draft choices.

“I noticed something,” I say to Marvin, feeling a little like Ransom Stoddard, attorney at law.

At the same time, we should expect a rise in kidnapping for ransom.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said that the bureau fully complies with U.S. policy as it relates to ransom payments.

European governments, for their part, have long agreed to pay groups like ISIS ransom money.

Where do you think the ransom money for Western hostages is going?

For ten years now had these been riding and raiding around the walls, pillaging and holding to ransom.

The second were ruffians who forced their victims to pay ransom by holding their feet in fires.

The Abbot Guilbert offers three hundred silver sous for his ransom.

He quickly pointed out Bezenecq the Rich as a townsman from whom it would be easy to extract a big ransom.

Have I not offered you three hundred gold sous for my ransom, Count of Plouernel?

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On this page you'll find 58 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ransom, such as: bribe, compensation, deliverance, expiation, payment, and payoff.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.