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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The day before the rape, Lawyer forced his way into a University Hill home and attempted to rape a different woman at knifepoint. Mitchell Byars, The Denver Post, "Convicted rapist, “sexually violent predator” Christopher Lawyer set for parole hearing," 3 July 2019 The man had been holding the woman at knifepoint, according to police., "Man who attacked 4 in SE Portland told cops to kill him before fatal police shooting, transcripts show," 21 June 2019 Le and a co-defendant, Kim Nguyen, 25, forced the debtor, who’s not named in court documents, into Nguyen’s car on Nov. 14, 2o16 at knifepoint, the filing said. Travis Andersen,, "‘If you are out on the street, then you are a dead man’ — bookie who beat debtor gets 6-year sentence," 11 May 2018 Two males assaulted and robbed a male of ear pods at knifepoint. Arlington Blvd. Washington Post, "Alexandria and Arlington crime watch," 20 June 2019 Downs at some point was holding the woman at knifepoint, according to the Police Bureau., "California man, 38, identified as suspect killed by police in stairwell of NW Portland building," 11 June 2019 Grivna received Honorable Mention for his heroic efforts in shooting and killing a suspect from 15 feet away who was holding a hostage at knifepoint. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s ‘Officer of the Year’ honored again for professionalism and compassion," 8 June 2019 According to the sheriff’s office, a distraught Loza cornered his girlfriend and her friend at knifepoint just before 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 2003. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "16 years later, suspected Soquel killer returned to Santa Cruz," 8 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of knifepoint

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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