Definition of knifepoint in US English:



in phrase at knifepoint
  • While threatening someone or being threatened with a knife.

    ‘he was mugged at knifepoint’
    • ‘The 17-year-old is alleged to have tried to rob a bus driver at knifepoint with a 16-year-old accomplice, also from west York.’
    • ‘A landlord who was tied up and threatened at knifepoint while balaclava-clad raiders ransacked his Brentwood pub has told of his horrific ordeal.’
    • ‘Three masked men threatened a receptionist and forced him to open a safe at knifepoint after hiding themselves in the building and then emerging in the early hours.’
    • ‘A female motorist was threatened at knifepoint during a terrifying car-jacking in Bradford.’
    • ‘Police last night re-appealed for information five weeks after a 47-year-old businesswoman was abducted and forced to drive to Leeds at knifepoint.’
    • ‘A sex attacker is being hunted after a teenager was raped at knifepoint and another girl indecently assaulted.’
    • ‘She too was driven to a quiet country lane where she was raped at knifepoint.’
    • ‘Moments later he was threatened at knifepoint by the man who spoke with a heavy Irish accent.’
    • ‘When the 14-year-old - who was home alone - answered the door at 6.40 pm last night, the man burst in, grabbed her and held her at knifepoint.’