a threat to tell state secrets if prosecuted
   A type of blackmail, the shade variation indicating less criminality:
    He would also use a 'CIA defense' — so called greymail tactics that had been successfully practised by other defendants involving national security. (Maas, 1986)

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  • greymail — See greenmail …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • greenmail — greymail The purchase of a large block of shares in a company, which are then sold back to the company at a premium over the market price in return for a promise not to launch a bid for the company. This practice is not uncommon in the USA, where …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • Зеленый шантаж — (greenmail) Покупка большого пакета акций компании, которые затем продаются этой же компании с надбавкой к рыночной цене в обмен на обещание не претендовать на контроль над компанией. Эта практика довольно широко распространена в США, где… …   Финансовый словарь

  • СЕРЫЙ ШАНТАЖ — (greymail) См.: зеленый шантаж (greenmail). Финансы. Толковый словарь. 2 е изд. М.: ИНФРА М , Издательство Весь Мир . Брайен Батлер, Брайен Джонсон, Грэм Сидуэл и др. Общая редакция: д.э.н. Осадчая И.М.. 2000 …   Финансовый словарь

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