I have most commonly come across #1.
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I have a question about the usage of the verbs "hold", "put", and "take" in the context of a hostage being threatened with a knife:
1. The kidnapper held a knife to her neck.
2. The kidnapper put a knife to her neck.
3. The kidnapper took a knife to her neck.
Dictionaries don't seem to say if these usage patterns are correct. But those patterns could definitely be found on google. What do native speakers think?
So, "the kidnapper put a knife to her neck" and "the kidnapper took a knife to her neck" are likely poor English?