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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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It comes a month after an armed robbery took place at Jawad express store in Seef, during which an Indian salesman was threatened at gunpoint.
A" Witnesses said the journalists were led away from the Palace Sultan Hotel in the southern city of Basra at gunpoint by a gang of about ten gunmen on Sunday after having checked in the previous day.
En route, he agreed to take them to Harrow instead, only to be carjacked at gunpoint and have his pounds 5,000 watch stolen.
Plans are now in hand for Wansbeck-based Gunpoint to move into new areas of the construction industry - and even open a garage so the company can service its own vans.
One of four men who raped two women at gunpoint for nearly seven hours in February 1991 will face 500 to 1,000 years in prison when he is sentenced Tuesday, officials said.
police arrived and found the pawnshop employee holding two robbers at gunpoint.
They bundled him into a car at gunpoint, handcuffed him and drove him to a secluded location.
Police have broken down doors, screamed obscenities, and held innocent people at gunpoint only to discover that what they thought were marijuana plants were really sunflowers, hibiscus, ragweed, tomatoes, or elderberry bushes.
The various studies by Professor John Lott, Professor Gary Kleck, and the California Attorney General's Office all indicate the overwhelming majority of cases where armed citizens pull guns on criminal suspects end with the suspect at gunpoint, not with the suspect having to be shot.
A SCOT kidnapped and held at gunpoint in Nigeria has been reunited with his family.
A warrant has been issued for Lees, 39, who was serving 10 years for staging three gunpoint raids when he absconded.
A lorry driver accused of raping a mother-of-two at gunpoint yesterday told Cardiff Crown Court, 'She has made the whole thing up.
POLICE were last night hunting a man who hijacked three cars at gunpoint as he fled to the Midlands after a robbery.
Tuesday when a branch employee, who was arriving at work, was forced at gunpoint into the bank located at 2001 South Main St.
Abdullah Shah, a resident of Shahzad Town, lodged a complaint with the local police that three armed persons barged into his house, held his family memebrs hostage at gunpoint and made away with two laptops, a camera, gold worth Rs50, 000 and other valuables worth Rs0.