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adverb & adjective
1[as adjective] (of a shot, bullet, or other missile) fired from very close to its target.‘the weapon was inaccurate beyond point-blank range’at very close range, at point-blank range, close up, close toView synonyms
- 1.1(of a statement or question) blunt and direct; without explanation or qualification.[as adjective] ‘this point-blank refusal to discuss the issue’[as adverb] ‘he refuses point-blank to be photographed or give interviews’
- 1.1(of a statement or question) blunt and direct; without explanation or qualification.
Late 16th century: probably from point + blank in the contemporaneous sense white spot in the center of a target.
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