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/

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

Point-blank shooting is done 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 shot

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.

(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)