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 for To levy blackmail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blackmail \Black"mail`\, n. [Black + mail a piece of money.]
     1. A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing,
        anciently paid, in the north of England and south of
        Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or
        moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage. --Sir
        W. Scott.
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     2. Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also,
        extortion of money from a person by threats of public
        accusation, exposure, or censure.
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     3. (Eng. Law) Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the
        lowest coin, a opposed to "white rent", which paid in
        silver.
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     To levy blackmail, to extort money by threats, as of injury
        to one's reputation.
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