pointblank

point-blank

[point-blangk]
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:
1565–75

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point-blank
 
adj
1.  a.  aimed or fired at a target so close that it is unnecessary to make allowance for the drop in the course of the projectile
 b.  permitting such aim or fire without loss of accuracy: at point-blank range
2.  plain or blunt: a point-blank question
 
adv
3.  directly or straight
4.  plainly or bluntly
 
[C16: from point + blank (in the sense: centre spot of an archery target)]

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