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gunpoint

[guhn-point] /ˈgʌnˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
the point or aim of a gun.
Idioms
2.
at gunpoint, under threat of being shot:
He carried out the robber's orders at gunpoint.
Origin of gunpoint
1955-1960
1955-60; gun1 + point
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  • "You will turn off the project, at gunpoint if necessary," he continued in a grim voice.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
  • You took the scout-ship by force, with the pilot at gunpoint, and made him home in on his orbit-ship.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • Perhaps he could hold one of the officers at gunpoint; perhaps he could take over the ship.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for gunpoint

gunpoint

/ˈɡʌnˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
the muzzle of a gun
2.
at gunpoint, being under or using the threat of being shot
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