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point-blank

(point′blăngk′)
adj.
1. Aimed straight at the mark or target without allowing for the drop in a projectile's course.
2.
a. So close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at it: point-blank range.
b. Close enough so that missing the target is unlikely or impossible: a point-blank shot.
3. Straightforward; blunt: a point-blank accusation.
adv.
1. With a straight aim; directly: fired point-blank at the intruder.
2. Without hesitation, deliberation, or equivocation: answered point-blank.

[point + blank, on the model of Middle French (de) pointe (en) blanc : de, from : pointe, sharp end, tip, outermost end (such as the place on a practice range from which an archer can shoot without compensating for gravity; from Old French pointe; see point) + en, in, into + blanc, white, bull's-eye, target (from Old French, white; see blank).]

point-blank

adj
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. aimed or fired at a target so close that it is unnecessary to make allowance for the drop in the course of the projectile
b. permitting such aim or fire without loss of accuracy: at point-blank range.
2. plain or blunt: a point-blank question.
adv
3. directly or straight
4. plainly or bluntly
[C16: from point + blank (in the sense: centre spot of an archery target)]

point′-blank′



adj.
1. aimed or fired straight at the mark esp. from close range; direct.
2. straightforward, plain, or explicit.
adv.
3. with a direct aim; directly; straight.
4. bluntly; frankly.
[1565–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.point-blank - characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation"
direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
2.point-blank - close enough to go straight to the target; "point-blank range"; "a point-blank shot"
direct - direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"
Adv.1.point-blank - in a direct and unequivocal manner; "I asked him point-blank whether he wanted the job"

point-blank

adverb
1. directly, openly, straight, frankly, plainly, bluntly, explicitly, overtly, candidly, brusquely, straightforwardly, forthrightly Mr Patterson was asked point-blank if he would resign.
Translations

point-blank

[ˈpɔɪntˈblæŋk]
A. ADJ
1. [shot] → (hecho) a quemarropa
at point-blank rangea bocajarro, a quemarropa
2. [question] → directo; [refusal] → rotundo, categórico
B. ADV [shoot] → a bocajarro, a quemarropa; [demand] → tajantemente, categóricamente; [refuse] → rotundamente, categóricamente
to ask sb sth point-blankpreguntar algo a algn a quemarropa

point-blank

adjdirekt; refusalglatt; at or from point-blank rangeaus kürzester Entfernung or Distanz; a point-blank shot (from gun, Ftbl) → ein Schuss maus kürzester Distanz or Entfernung
adv fireaus kürzester Distanz or Entfernung; askrundheraus; to ask somebody point-blankjdn geradeheraus fragen; he refused point-blank to helper weigerte sich rundweg or er lehnte es rundheraus ab zu helfen

point-blank

[ˌpɔɪntˈblæŋk]
1. adj (shot, question) → a bruciapelo; (refusal) → categorico/a, secco/a
at point-blank range → a bruciapelo
2. adv (fire) → a bruciapelo; (refuse) → categoricamente

point-blank

(pointˈblӕŋk) adjective, adverb
1. (in shooting) very close. He fired at her at point-blank range.
2. abrupt(ly); without warning or explanation. He asked her point-blank how old she was.
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