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English definition of “point-blank”

point-blank

adverb [before noun], adjective uk   /ˌpɔɪntˈblæŋk/ us  

point-blank adverb [before noun], adjective (CLOSE)

describes shooting from a gun that is fired from extremely close to the target or when almost touching it: Two bullets were fired into the car at point-blank range. a point-blank shotGunsCloseness in distance and timeAbout to happen

point-blank adverb [before noun], adjective (NOT POLITE)

saying something very clearly in very few words, without trying to be polite or pleasant: He asked me to work at the weekend, but I refused point-blank.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
(Definition of point-blank from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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