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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

n.

1570s, from point (v.) + blank (n.), 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. From 1590s as an adjective.

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