make him an offer he can't refuse


make him an offer he can't refuse
Meaning
The 'offer' being 'do as I say or I'll kill you'.
Origin
Line from The Godfather. It is used in all of the Godfather trilogy of films but varies slightly throughout and isn't always easy to hear through all that cotton wool. In the first occurrence in the first film it is 'I'll make him an offer he don't refuse'.

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  • Offer — Indicates a willingness to sell at a given price. Related: bid * * * ▪ I. offer of‧fer 1 [ˈɒfə ǁ ˈɒːfər, ˈɑː ] verb [transitive] 1. to say that you are willing to give someone something, or to give them it: offer somebody something • The …   Financial and business terms

  • offer — An expression indicating one s desire to sell a commodity at a given price; opposite of bid. Chicago Board of Trade glossary To show the desire to sell a futures contract at an established price. The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary Indicates a… …   Financial and business terms

  • make — I [[t]me͟ɪk[/t]] CARRYING OUT AN ACTION ♦ makes, making, made (Make is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in this dictionary. For example, the expression to make sense is explained at sense .) 1) VERB You… …   English dictionary

  • offer — of|fer1 W1S1 [ˈɔfə US ˈo:fər, ˈa: ] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: offrir, from Latin offerre, from ferre to carry ] 1.) [T] to ask someone if they would like to have something, or to hold something out to them so that they can take it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • offer — 01. Can I [offer] you something to drink? 02. The young man placed an [offering] of flowers and rice in front of the alter to his ancestors. 03. Some guy made Sharon an [offer] of 1,500 bucks for her car, but she wants at least $2,000. 04. The… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • offer — 1 verb 1 (T) to say that you are willing to give someone something, or to hold something out to them so that they can take it: offer sb sth: You haven t offered Grandma any ice cream. | They offered him a very good job but he turned it down. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • offer — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 of help or sth that is needed ADJECTIVE ▪ generous, kind ▪ conditional, unconditional (both esp. BrE) ▪ The company has made a conditional offer. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • can — can1 [ weak kən, strong kæn ] modal verb *** Can is usually followed by an infinitive without to : I can speak French. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive: Come and help us, if you can. Can does not change its form, so the third… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • can — I strong UK [kæn] / US weak UK [kən] / US modal verb *** Summary: Can is usually followed by an infinitive without to : I can speak French. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive: Come and help us, if you can. Can does not change its …   English dictionary