gunpoint

noun
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 Shorewood police stopped the man at gunpoint, and then ordered him to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man who allegedly shoplifted at Shorewood's Metro Market showed a knife when an employee approached him, police say," 29 July 2020 Hundreds of police combed Germany’s Black Forest on Monday looking for a Rambo-style homeless man wearing combat gear and armed with a bow and arrow who disarmed four officers at gunpoint. Fox News, "Germany cops search for 'Rambo' armed with bow and arrow in Black Forest," 14 July 2020 Police were called to a motel around 2 a.m. on May 23 after someone said two men had kicked in a door and robbed them at gunpoint. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "Utah protesters smash windows, splash paint on district attorney’s office after police cleared in shooting," 10 July 2020 But on that early morning, protesters wound up at gunpoint. Stephanie Elam And Jason Kravarik, CNN, "Black Lives Matter's surprising target: Los Angeles County's first Black district attorney," 10 July 2020 Houston store clerk ‘fortunate to be alive’ after killing would-be robber Around 5 a.m., the man's wife – who declined an interview request – was at a location near Interstate 10 and Kress Street when a group stole her car at gunpoint, Gomez said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man has strong words for teens who carjacked wife, crashed during pursuit," 30 June 2020 Victims described a masked prowler who slipped into homes through open windows and tied them up at gunpoint. CBS News, "Golden State Killer pleads guilty to murders, allegedly said: "I did all that"," 29 June 2020 Native tribes in Alta California, including the Chumash and Tongva, were often forced to convert nearly at gunpoint, according to PBS. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Not just Confederate statues: Indigenous activists want conquistadors, missionaries removed," 29 June 2020 Indeed, Dollar General employees told NBC News in a report last month that they've been stabbed, shot and held at gunpoint. Moss Cohen, CNN, "Dollar General is cheap, popular and spreading across America. It's also a robbery magnet, police say," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of gunpoint

1951, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2020

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“Gunpoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunpoint. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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