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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!
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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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

at gunpoint

Under or as if under the threat of being shot.
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The gang threatened staff at gunpoint and refused to allow customers to leave while they rifled cash from the tills.
A 27-year-old Springfield man has been jailed on charges that he fondled another man at gunpoint while giving him a ride home from a bar this week.
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 graphic scenes will stun viewers when the brunette beauty is forced to have sex with criminal Alex Yuschenko before he is dragged away at gunpoint by her uncle.
A neighbor (possibly the same one) had also called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle in the area and moments later called 911 again to say that a woman was holding two men at gunpoint and arguing with them.
SHARAQPUR -- A man was robbed at gunpoint by two motorcyclists on Sheikhupura Road here the other day.
A gang of five robbers deprived a cashier and guard of a cotton mills of Rs1.2m at gunpoint near Phoolnagar on Multan Road in the limits of the Phoolnagar City Police Station.
The victim, named Haji Naveed s/o Okhyaar Khan of Landikotal told Hashtnagri police that unknown robbers looted Rs0.4million from him on gunpoint. He said he works in custom clearance agency at City Gate Plaza, Firdaus and today when he collected Rs0.4m from a bank, unknown robbers, riding a motorbike, snatched the money from him on gunpoint.
KOTRI -- A few unidentified armed men held hostage two men namely Owais Ahmed and Sohail Ali in Khanzada Colony and looted cash, mobile phones and other valuables from them at gunpoint on Saturday.