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

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To refresh your memory: Wanda's husband, Brian David Mitchell (who was sentenced to life behind bars,) broke into Elizabeth's home in 2002 and abducted her at knifepoint. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Just Moved Next To An Elementary School In Salt Lake City," 2 Jan. 2019 Smart’s abduction from her bedroom at knifepoint by a man who came in through an open kitchen window triggered waves of fear among parents around the country. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Elizabeth Smart kidnapper to be released from prison," 11 Sep. 2018 An 18-year-old woman reported being raped at knifepoint in the 2300 block of Barracks Street in Treme. Emily Lane,, "6 women were kidnapped and raped in New Orleans in the 1980s. The accused attacker was just charged.," 22 Mar. 2018 Williams assaulted the woman at Daewon America car parts plant in LaGrange and forced her to leave at knifepoint, police told WTVM-TV in Columbus. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man accused of kidnapping woman from Georgia car parts plant, raping her," 13 July 2018 Smart's abduction from her bedroom at knifepoint by a man who came in through an open kitchen window triggered waves of fear among parents everywhere. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Elizabeth Smart kidnapper denied early prison release," 3 July 2018 He was arrested on May 8 for suspicion of robbing a 7-11 convenience store at knifepoint. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Police accuse Redmond O'Neal of violent crime spree, knife attacks," 9 June 2018 Later that night, Redmond was arrested for allegedly robbing the 7-Eleven at knifepoint. Maria Pasquini,, "Redmond O’Neal Sued by Alleged Stabbing Victim for Assault and Battery," 30 June 2018 Debbie pounces on the unsuspecting art dealer with laser precision and holds him at knifepoint. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Sweet Revenge of Ocean’s 8," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of knifepoint

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of knifepoint was circa 1911

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