from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The point of a gun.
- idiom at gunpoint Under or as if under the threat of being shot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A location in the front of the muzzle of a gun.
- n. Threat or coercion by display or aiming a firearm or similar weapon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the muzzle's direction.
- n. the open discharging end of a gun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the gun muzzle's direction
Having served in both professions, you are correct in pointing out that there are times when holding someone at gunpoint is appropriate.
The scene where Wales turns the tables on two mountain men holding him at gunpoint is worth the admission price all by itself.
None of the French masters whose works were stolen at gunpoint from a Swiss museum this week makes it: Dégas is at 15, Cézanne at 25.
How can you not see that imposing a democracy at gunpoint is an oxymoron?
This recent incident of Fox News journalists becoming Muslim by gunpoint is just another smear on Islam.
Most of us agree that grabbing someone else’s money at gunpoint is immoral.
But it's better than simply walking into the shop and taking a bike at gunpoint, which is what recently happened in Issaquah, WA:
Then we have Romo losing it, having cat hallucinations and threatening Lee at gunpoint, which is all extremely silly.
When our government stops supporting dictatorships, stops exploiting other nations for oil and other resources and stops trying to change the world at gunpoint, that is when the swamp of revenge and resentment is drained and hatred no longer can fester and grow virulent.
At 15, he said he raped a 9-year-old boy at gunpoint, that is he made him do oral sex.