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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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 Officers arrived in less than four minutes, quickly found the suspect and took him into custody at gunpoint, Chief Bones said. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Man Charged With Stabbing Nine People in Idaho," 1 July 2018 Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the desert in the past 14 months, stranding them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, in temperatures of up to 118 degrees. Olivier Laurent And Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Thousands of migrants have been abandoned in the Sahara. This is what their journey looks like.," 28 June 2018 The country has deserted more than 13,000 people in the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, stranding them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under temperatures of up to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Algeria abandons thousands of migrants in Sahara," 25 June 2018 The other two men came in after him and held Davis at gunpoint, the affidavit said. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Man helped plan Clark County robbery that left his grandfather stabbed 15 times, records show," 12 June 2018 Authorities there said that the then-15-year-old forced a 14-year-old neighbor back to his home at gunpoint, tied her up and raped her. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man who bought 12 guns for serial killer pleads guilty," 24 May 2018 With the Great Migration came a loud new world and a baffling new life, a chance to lunge, finally, at the transformative dream of the nation they’d been forced, at gunpoint, to build. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 Hoping to intimidate one of the attorney's clients, White and Pinkman kidnap Goodman at gunpoint, bind his hands, and take him out into the desert. Kyle Swenson,, "Analysis: Sean Hannity's idea of 'attorney-client privilege' was right out of 'Breaking Bad'," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gunpoint

1951, in the meaning defined above

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