[ guhn-point ]
/ ˈgʌnˌpɔɪnt /


the point or aim of a gun.

Idioms for gunpoint

    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for at gunpoint

/ (ˈɡʌnˌpɔɪnt) /


the muzzle of a gun
at gunpoint being under or using the threat of being shot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with at gunpoint

at gunpoint

Also, at knifepoint. Under coercion, as in I'm going to hold him at gunpoint for that raise he promised me last year. Both these phrases were at first used literally and later also figuratively. [Mid-1900s]

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