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at the point of the sword

adverb

Roget 173: violently etc. adj.; amain; by storm, by force, by main force; with might and main; tooth and nail, vi et armis [Lat.], at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet; at one fell swoop; ... show more

Roget 739: severely etc. adj.; with a high hand, with a strong hand, with a tight hand, with a heavy hand.    at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet.   

Roget 744: by force etc. n., by force of arms; on compulsion, perforce; vi et armis [Lat.], under the lash; at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet; forcibly; by a strong arm.    under protest, ... show more

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