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point-blank

[point-blangk] /ˈpɔɪntˈblæŋk/
adjective
1.
aimed or fired straight at the mark especially from close range; direct.
2.
straightforward, plain, or explicit:
a point-blank denial.
adverb
3.
with a direct aim; directly; straight.
4.
bluntly; frankly:
She told him point-blank that he was not welcome.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75
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British Dictionary definitions for point blank

point-blank

adjective
1.
  1. aimed or fired at a target so close that it is unnecessary to make allowance for the drop in the course of the projectile
  2. permitting such aim or fire without loss of accuracy at point-blank range
2.
plain or blunt a point-blank question
adverb
3.
directly or straight
4.
plainly or bluntly
Word Origin
C16: from point + blank (in the sense: centre spot of an archery target)
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Word Origin and History for point blank
point blank
1571, from point (v.) + blank, the white center of a target. The notion is of standing close enough to aim (point) at the blank without allowance for curve, windage, or gravity.
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