at gunpoint

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at gunpoint

Pointing a gun at someone, typically to subdue them. This phrase can be used literally or figuratively. The security guard held the robber at gunpoint. Don't try to hold me at gunpoint—I'll make a decision when I'm good and ready!

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.