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 Then, a firefighter behind the wheel was forced out of the ambulance at gunpoint and left on the side of the road. NBC News, 23 July 2021 San Francisco Police reportedly have launched a manhunt for two suspects after an individual alleged he was confronted at gunpoint while washing his car – and then had his home robbed while he and his family were held captive inside their bathroom. Greg Norman, Fox News, 21 July 2021 The video footage shows them avoiding physical altercations, even when briefly holding Arboleda at gunpoint. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021 The officer ordered Leroux at gunpoint to get out of the vehicle and radioed for backup, the chief said. Tom Foreman Jr.,, 20 July 2021 Dressed up as terrorists, kidnapped a famous actor at gunpoint, and held him hostage in a warehouse for seven hours. Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Police said Murrell might have been involved with robbing a woman at gunpoint earlier in the night. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2021 Lind, 35, and his girlfriend were awakened and kidnapped at gunpoint about 1 a.m. that day by a group of suspects who police said then forced them to strip naked and eat dog food. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 17 July 2021 On October 14, 2017, Turkos was kidnapped at gunpoint by a Lyft driver, then taken across state lines where the driver and two other men brutally gang-raped her. Danielle Campoamor,, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of gunpoint

1951, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2021

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“Gunpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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