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ransom in Crime & law topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishransomran‧som1 /ˈrænsəm/ noun [countable]  1 SCan amount of money that is paid to free someone who is held as a prisoner The kidnappers were demanding a ransom of $250,000. The government refused to pay the ransom.ransom demand/note There has still been no ransom demand. He’s got the ransom money.2 hold somebody for ransom3 hold somebody to ransom
Examples from the Corpus
ransomNote from Heron's Liberation Front demanding ransom for return of Gnome.But dead men paid no ransoms.I read the appeal in the newspapers for Madame V to come forward, but they said nothing about abduction or ransom.But sometimes I want to be pampered like royalty - without having to pay a king's ransom.It wouldn't matter if you'd been promised a king's ransom if you achieved a lucky jump to the scorpion.After the families of the two men were contacted, the ransom was upped to $ 1 million.Maybe the scarred man had suspected something and wanted a cut of the ransom.demanding ... ransomNote from Heron's Liberation Front demanding ransom for return of Gnome.We are used to evil men demanding a ransom before their victim can be released.