knifepoint

noun

knife·​point ˈnīf-ˌpȯint How to pronounce knifepoint (audio)
: the point of a knife
Phrases
at knifepoint
: under a threat of being knifed

Examples of knifepoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Richard Allen Davis, who is locked up at San Quentin State Prison, was sentenced to death for abducting 12-year-old Polly — now known as the first missing girl on the internet — from a sleepover at knifepoint and then strangling her to death. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 6 Apr. 2024 Assistant police Chief Ed DeCastro said officers responded to an armed robbery call at a business and found that a woman had gone to medical urgent care for treatment after a man attempted to take the woman's car at gun- and knifepoint. Shelby Slade, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2024 Out on parole two years later, Misch allegedly entered another neighbor’s home wearing nothing but a jacket and held a mom and her two kids at knifepoint. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 In the season 13 finale, Stephanie’s held at knifepoint by an unhinged patient, and ends up setting him on fire in order to save herself and the little girl in her company. TIME, 14 Mar. 2024 While truckers are sometimes hijacked at gun- or knifepoint, train theft is almost exclusively nonviolent nowadays. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 In the past year, there have been thefts stretching from Los Angeles, where several people were robbed of thousands of dollars through Venmo at knifepoint, to Orlando, where a woman had thousands drained from her Venmo after a child asked to use her phone, the DA said. Jessica Hornig, ABC News, 29 Jan. 2024 In the past year, there have been thefts stretching from Los Angeles, where several people were robbed of thousands of dollars through Venmo at knifepoint, to Orlando, where a woman had thousands drained from her Venmo after a child asked to use her phone. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2024 That police account describes a male as attempting to carjack a vehicle nearby before fleeing and stealing a car at knifepoint from a woman at a McDonalds. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of knifepoint was in 1585

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“Knifepoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knifepoint. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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