Definition of point-blank adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    point-blank

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌpɔɪnt ˈblæŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɔɪnt ˈblæŋk//
     
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  1. 1(of a shot) fired with the gun touching or very close to the person or thing it is aimed at The officer was shot dead at point-blank range.
  2. 2(of something that is said) very definite and direct and not very polite synonym blunt a point-blank refusal
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably from point + blank in the contemporaneous sense ‘white spot in the centre of a target’.

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