gun·​point | \ ˈgən-ˌpȯint How to pronounce gunpoint (audio) \

Definition of gunpoint

: the muzzle of a gun
at gunpoint
: under a threat of death by being shot

Examples of gunpoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both are among the four regions that Russia illegally annexed Friday after forcing what was left of the population to vote in referendums at gunpoint. Jon Gambrell,, 3 Oct. 2022 The 17-year-old and three others allegedly carjacked several vehicles at gunpoint on the evening of September 29. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 3 Oct. 2022 The victim of the robbery reported being held at gunpoint, police said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 3 Oct. 2022 The alleged robbery of a local teen at gunpoint outside his residence early Thursday has led to six arrests, including two juveniles, according to a Hot Springs police report. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2022 The voting involved coercion of the local populations, threats and, in some places, soldiers going door to door and forcing people to cast ballots at gunpoint, according to officials and residents. WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022 Escaping residents said those votes in some cases were cast at gunpoint. Louisa Loveluck And Serhii Korolchuk, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2022 Escaping residents said those votes in some cases were cast at gunpoint. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Papini said two Latinas had held her captive at gunpoint. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gunpoint

1951, in the meaning defined above

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5 Oct 2022

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“Gunpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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