knife·​point | \ ˈnīf-ˌpȯint How to pronounce knifepoint (audio) \

Definition of knifepoint

: the point of a knife
at knifepoint
: under a threat of being knifed

Examples of knifepoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police said officers were already in the area after receiving calls around 10:15 a.m. about a man matching Lewis’ description demanding money from shoppers at knifepoint by a nearby grocery store. Fox News, "Texas police union voices outrage after recently released career criminal fatally stabs grandma, 80, in broad daylight," 19 May 2020 Roger accosts Wylie in the street and holds him at knifepoint in an alley, demanding to know where Bonnet is. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Outlander recap: For who could ever learn to love a beast...," 27 Apr. 2020 In June, an officer shot a man holding a woman hostage at knifepoint in a stairwell of a building above the Pearl District Safeway. oregonlive, "35 homicides in Portland in 2019 involved victims ranging in age from 18 to 65," 1 Jan. 2020 Smart was taken at knifepoint in her pajamas from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 by Brian David Mitchell, who kept her captive with his wife, Wanda Barzee. NBC News, "Elizabeth Smart says she was sexually assaulted on an airplane last year," 26 Apr. 2019 The singer was robbed at knifepoint last month, but still soldiered on through the rest of the weekend, strutting his now-signature pearl necklace on the Brit Awards red carpet that same Tuesday. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Harry Styles Shares Scary Details Of His Robbery," 3 Mar. 2020 Formal charges have been filed against man accused of robbing a woman at knifepoint out St. Vincent’s East. Carol Robinson |, al, "34-year-old man charged in robbery, attack on woman in St. Vincent’s East parking lot," 22 Nov. 2019 Pavageau held the couple at knifepoint, ordered them into the kitchen and demanded money. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Her assailant tortured and killed her husband in SF. Now she’s fighting to keep him behind bars," 1 Mar. 2020 The singer made headlines on Saturday after reportedly being robbed at knifepoint while walking the streets of London. Ineye Komonibo,, "Was Harry Styles’ Brit Awards Appearance A Tribute To Late Ex Caroline Flack?," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of knifepoint

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Knifepoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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