knifepoint


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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 knifepoint

In a position of having a knife pointed at one, as in an armed robbery. The robber held the security guard at knifepoint.
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knifepoint

The sharp end of a knife, which can be pointed at someone to subdue them. The robber held the security guard at knifepoint.

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 ˈknifepoint

while being threatened, or threatening somebody, with a knife: She was attacked at knifepoint.
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at gunpoint

Under or as if under the threat of being shot.

at knifepoint

Under threat of being stabbed or cut with a knife: was mugged at knifepoint.
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The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of sexually abusing and molesting his friend at knifepoint although he pleaded not guilty.
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], November 26 ( ANI ): A woman has been allegedly raped at a knifepoint in a moving train in Madhya Pradesh.
Fifteen minutes later, the Dari Mart on Monroe Street, less than 3 miles away, was also robbed at knifepoint. Owens allegedly took cash and fled the scene.
He broke into two houses in Plains, Lanarkshire, and forced a couple to hand over car keys at knifepoint.
Prosecutors charged the 24-year-old suspect with posing as a policeman, molesting and raping a woman at knifepoint and stealing her cash and mobile.
The court heard the supervisor was taken at knifepoint to the till, which she was ordered to open.
when the suspects forced her into their car at knifepoint.
The High Criminal Court yesterday convicted the 25-year-old of theft and assault for the second raid, in which he tied up a female colleague at knifepoint and stole a further BD3,200.
She told me that a man barged into her room and raped her at knifepoint."
He then took the victim inside her house at knifepoint and raped her.
A 24-year-old man was threatened at knifepoint and forced to hand over his wallet after two men led him from the Bigg Market, in Newcastle, to Pudding Chare at around 12.30am on Friday, August 22.
A Pennsylvania man wasn't able to protect his protection after two armed men robbed him of a condom at knifepoint in Erie.
It comes after a 44-year-old woman was held for several hours at knifepoint and raped in woodland while jogging with her pet dog in Handbridge, Cheshire last week.
Summary: Joey Essex has lifted the lid on his recent knifepoint robbery, after being held up on Tuesday as he paid for parking in Hammersmith.
A TEENAGER accused of kidnapping his girlfriend at knifepoint told a jury they parted amicably.