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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]

at gunpoint

Under or as if under the threat of being shot.
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SNATCHED FROM HOME Danniella was grabbed at gunpoint and taken to a flat
The killing comes a day after the head of Benghazi's criminal investigations department, Abdelsalam al-Mahdawi, was kidnapped at gunpoint.
AFP -- The acting head of the criminal investigations department in Libya's second city Benghazi has been kidnapped at gunpoint, officials told AFP on Thursday.
An Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed to the GDN that an "armed" man entered the outlet and threatened the employee at gunpoint.
The trader was on way from Khuzdar to Karachi when unidentified men kidnapped him at gunpoint," the Daily Times quoted the Balochistan Levies, as saying.
He told the packed courtroom on Lamu island that the gang of gunmen had held him at gunpoint and forced him to guide them around the hotel.
The 47-year-old, who ran Kingkebaburger in the Pembrokeshire town of Haverfordwest, was convicted of committing rape at gunpoint and attempted child molestation by a court in Turkey in the 1990s.
HELD at gunpoint in a Nigerian jungle, kidnapped oil worker Patrick Weber thought he would never see his family again.
TWO cousins have been cleared of robbing a couple of a car in Birmingham at gunpoint after claiming the incident had been staged as part of an insurance scam.
A COVENTRY postmaster and his family, traumatised after being held hostage at gunpoint for 12 hours during a terrifying raid, have closed their business for good.
She testified that Ndima had forced her at gunpoint to accompany him to search for valuables while Markel held her terrified children at gunpoint.
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An Arizona federal jury has ordered vigilante rancher Roger Barnett (pictured here) to pay $73,352 in damages to a group of migrants he held at gunpoint and assaulted on public lands in Douglas, Arizona in 2004.
WORCESTER - Police are investigating a reported home invasion at a Maywood Street home yesterday afternoon in which two men - one armed with a firearm - stole items while holding two women at gunpoint.
Security forces in Iraq have launched a search for two journalists fromA American television network CBS who were kidnapped at gunpoint from their hotel in Basra, an official said yesterday.