hold/put a gun to someone's head

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hold/put a gun to someone's head

:to force someone to do something by using threats
  • You don't have to go if you don't want to. No one's holding a gun to your head.

Word by Word Definitions

hold play
  1. : to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

  2. : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

  3. : to have as a mark of distinction

  1. : stronghold

  2. : confinement, custody

  3. : prison

  1. : the interior of a ship below decks

  2. : the cargo compartment of a plane

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

gun play
  1. : a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory

  2. : a portable firearm (such as a rifle or handgun)

  3. : a device that throws a projectile

  1. : to fire on

  2. : shoot

  3. : to open up the throttle of so as to increase speed

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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