To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.
From Middle English threte, thret, thrat, thræt, threat, from Old English þrēat, from Proto-Germanic *þrautaz, closely tied to Proto-Germanic *þrautą, from Proto-Indo-European *trewd-, whence also Middle Low German drōt, Middle High German drōz, Icelandic þraut, Latin trūdō.
From Middle English threten, from Old English þrēatian ("to press, oppress, repress, correct, threaten"). Akin to Middle Dutch drōten.
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