point-blank

[ point-blangk ]
/ ˈpɔɪntˈblæŋk /

adjective

aimed or fired straight at the mark especially from close range; direct.
straightforward, plain, or explicit: a point-blank denial.

adverb

with a direct aim; directly; straight.
bluntly; frankly: She told him point-blank that he was not welcome.

Origin of point-blank

First recorded in 1565–75
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point-blank

adjective

  1. aimed or fired at a target so close that it is unnecessary to make allowance for the drop in the course of the projectile
  2. permitting such aim or fire without loss of accuracyat point-blank range
plain or blunta point-blank question

adverb

directly or straight
plainly or bluntly

Word Origin for point-blank

C16: from point + blank (in the sense: centre spot of an archery target)
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