gun·​point | \ˈgən-ˌpȯint \

Definition of gunpoint 

: the muzzle of a gun

at gunpoint

: under a threat of death by being shot

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According to CBS News, police think the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, may have been kidnapped at gunpoint before authorities arrived Monday morning. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Is Missing After Her Parents Were Found Dead in Their Home," 16 Oct. 2018 Kim Kardashian West returned to Paris on Thursday, June 21 for the first time since her robbery at gunpoint in 2016. Melissa Minton, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Returning to Paris for the First Time Since Robbery," 22 June 2018 The mother and social media star was held at gunpoint in October of 2016 while staying in her hotel room in Paris. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Kim Kardashian Reflects On "Emotional" First Paris Visit Since Robbery," 22 June 2018 Donald Fulton, 41, forced his family out of his home at 5651 Renn Street by gunpoint before retreating back into the residence. Christopher Harress,, "SWAT kills Mobile man after standoff," 15 Feb. 2018 The first was the Dec. 7, 2014 robbery of Mark Himmel at gunpoint outside his Del Cerro home. Pauline Repard,, "Robber gets 15 years for $1.5M jewel theft, assault in University Town Center," 12 July 2018 Two males robbed a male and a female at gunpoint outside a motel. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 27 June 2018 Her own son was robbed at gunpoint outside her house in the middle of the day by a gunman who wanted his hover board. David Mcfadden And Rebecca Santana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Black teens express frustration, cautious hope about Parkland movement," 28 Mar. 2018 While one held him at gunpoint, the second, armed with an assault-style rifle, went upstairs to rob the place but Joe Copeland fired 20 rounds at the masked intruder. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 charged in heroin wholesaling indictment headed by alleged Milwaukee ringleader 'Joe Millionaire'," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of gunpoint

1951, in the meaning defined above

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