point blank

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

point blank (not comparable)

  1. The distance between a gun and a target such that it requires minimal effort in aiming it. In particular no allowance needs to be made for effects of gravity, target movement or wind in aiming the projectile.

Adverb[edit]

point blank (not comparable)

  1. Horizontally (as the angle at which a projectile is launched); directly or straight (at the target).
  2. (idiomatic) Directly; bluntly; without pretense or caution.
    I asked him point blank whether he was cheating on his wife.

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