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 ClydeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a statement or question) direct and without explanation or qualification: [as adverb]: he refuses point-blank to be photographed or give interviewsMore example sentences
bluntly, directly, straight, straightforwardly, frankly, candidly, forthrightly, openly, explicitly, unequivocally, unambiguously, unmistakably, plainly, clearly, flatly, positively, certainly, decisively, categorically, outrightblunt, direct, straight, straightforward, straight from the shoulder, frank, candid, forthright, open, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unmistakable, plain, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, well defined, flat, positive, certain, decisive, unqualified, categorical, outright, downright
- 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.