Meaning of “point-blank” in the English Dictionary

"point-blank" in British English

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point-blankadverb [ before noun ], adjective

uk /ˌpɔɪntˈblæŋk/ us /ˌpɔɪntˈblæŋk/

(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 fired directly at from a close position:

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)