knife·​point | \ˈnīf-ˌpȯint \

Definition of knifepoint 

: the point of a knife

at knifepoint

: under a threat of being knifed

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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 Police said Bashar was a suspect in a string of previous offenses in the area, including a robbery at knifepoint. David Mchugh, The Seattle Times, "Police in German town say suspect confessed to killing girl," 10 June 2018 There’s no shortage of stories of women and children being attacked for their hair — robbed by gun or knifepoint in Venezuela, India, South Africa, Ukraine, Myanmar, and elsewhere — and held down as thieves forcibly cut off their ponytails., "Death Threats & $3 Ponytails: What The Fake Hair Trade Is Hiding," 9 June 2018

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circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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