at gunpoint


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at gunpoint

1. Literally, in a position of having a gun pointed at one, as in an armed robbery. The robber held the security guard at gunpoint.
2. By extension, in a position of being held under extreme pressure or aggressively coerced. 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.
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A police source in Salah al-Din told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "unidentified gunmen abducted, in a late hour last night, a farmer and his son after breaking into their farm in al-Galam area of Samarra southeast of Tikrit and took them, at gunpoint to an unknown destination." The source added that "the security forces launched a raid and search campaign in the area to arrest the kidnappers." / End
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