Basic Guidelines For English Spellings
1Hold someone captive and demand payment for their release.
kidnap, carry off, seize, capture, run away with, run off with, make off with, spirit away, hold hostage, hold to ransom, hijack
- ‘she has been freed after being kidnapped and held for ransom for over three months’
- 1.1Demand concessions from a person or organization by threatening damaging action.
extort money from, threaten, hold to ransom, milk, bleed
- ‘the company would be powerful enough to hold governments to ransom’
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