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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.
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In another incident, one Zulifqar was deprived of cash at gunpoint by three robbers in limits of Bahauddin Zakariya police station.
In Emanabad, robbers snatched Rs40,000, a gold locket and cellphone from Nauman; in Ahmed Nagar, Asmat was deprived of Rs63,000, a cellphone and gold ornaments at gunpoint while in Wazirabad Saddr area, armed men looted Rs17,000, a motorcycle and cellphone from Arshad.
Fida Hussain, a resident of Pirwadhai, lodged a complaint with the local police that he was going to Masjid for offering prayers, when two robbers intercepted him, held him hostage at gunpoint and made off with Rs0.
Talking to Dunya News, Zahra said that she was in Islamabad; her driver was driving the car when he was forced to stop and got her car snatched on gunpoint near the area of Gulshan e Iqbal.
LANCASTER - A 15-year-old Lancaster boy will be tried as an adult in a Lancaster bank robbery during which people were herded at gunpoint into the vault.
Rawalpindi -- A house has been burgled, while two families and a woman have been looted at gunpoint within the Saddar Bahrohni, Rawat, New Town and Westridge Police jurisdictions.
8 million at gunpoint from employees of a cigarette company and injured a man for resistance near Habib Bank Limited on Monday.
QUARTZ HILL - After 12 hours of agony for their families, two popular teenage girls were rescued by sheriff's deputies who fatally shot the suspected rapist who abducted them at gunpoint.
Rawalpindi -- A house has been burgled, while a man was looted at gunpoint within the Airport police jurisdiction.
Rawalpindi -- Two men have been looted at gunpoint within the Banni and Sadiqabad police jurisdictions.
Another bank robbery took place in Nazimabad Khilafat Chowk when armed bandits took every one at gunpoint, robbed cash from the bank counter, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of rupees, and fled the scene.
Sheriff's deputies stopped the teen driver at gunpoint on Radbrook Place in Valencia at gunpoint.
Asad, a resident of Sadiqabad, lodged a complaint with the local police that he along with Kashif were going when two persons waylaid them at gunpoint and robbed them of Rs50,000, and Rs25,000 respectively
Zarin-ul-Haq, a resident of Westridge, lodged a complaint with the local police that while he was shifting gold from his shop to his house when five robbers struck at his house and held his family hostage at gunpoint and made off with 100 tola of gold and other valuables worth Rs10 million, Rs0.
Police sources told that unidentified four bandits have looted cash Rs 09 million from the bank on gunpoint.