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Meaning of “point-blank” in the English Dictionary

"point-blank" in British English

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point-blankadverb [before noun], adjective

uk   us   /ˌpɔɪntˈblæŋk/
Point-blank ​shooting is done from a ​gun that is fired from ​extremelyclose to the ​target or when ​almosttouching it: Two ​bullets were fired into the ​car at point-blank range. a point-blank ​shot
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.
(Definition of point-blank from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"point-blank" in American English

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point-blankadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɔɪntˈblæŋk/
aimed or ​fireddirectly at from a ​closeposition: He was ​shot in the back, point-blank. fig. He ​asked me point-blank (= ​directly) if I was ​lying.
(Definition of point-blank from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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