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Definition of point-blank in English:

adjective& adverb

1(Of a shot) fired from very close to its target: [as adjective]: the bullet, fired at point-blank range, hit him in the middle of the back [as adverb]: Waxman fired the pistol point-blank at Clyde
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  • The troubles in Limerick city continue with the point-blank shooting of a 30-year-old in Moyross by two masked gunmen.
  • In the presence of the German military attaché, one of these CHEKA officials fired five shots almost point-blank at the ambassador.
  • Switching to its cannon, Stephanie attempted to deliver a point-blank shot, which would be within the MW field's range.
Synonyms
at very close range, at point-blank range, close up, close to
1.1(Of a statement or question) direct and without explanation or qualification: [as adverb]: he refuses point-blank to be photographed or give interviews
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  • If Mother couldn't open up to Christina, especially in the face of a point-blank question, she couldn't open up to anyone.
  • Even if it's yes, given that I am asked such a point-blank question at a volume audible to the other colleagues, I have to keep up the straight face, put on the steady voice, maintain the poise and give a negative answer.
  • During our interview, Tory rode the middle on most issues, qualifying his policy statements with casualness and indifference when questioned point-blank.
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Origin

late 16th century: probably from point + blank in the contemporaneous sense 'white spot in the centre of a target'.

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