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gunpoint

[guhn-point]
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noun
  1. the point or aim of a gun.
Idioms
  1. at gunpoint, under threat of being shot: He carried out the robber's orders at gunpoint.

Origin of gunpoint

First recorded in 1955–60; gun1 + point
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  • "You will turn off the project, at gunpoint if necessary," he continued in a grim voice.

  • You took the scout-ship by force, with the pilot at gunpoint, and made him home in on his orbit-ship.

    Gold in the Sky

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • Perhaps he could hold one of the officers at gunpoint; perhaps he could take over the ship.


British Dictionary definitions for gunpoint

gunpoint

noun
  1. the muzzle of a gun
  2. at gunpoint being under or using the threat of being shot
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