- at gunpoint, under threat of being shot: He carried out the robber's orders at gunpoint.
Origin of gunpoint
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- the muzzle of a gun
- at gunpoint being under or using the threat of being shot
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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