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POINT-BLANK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does point-blank mean? 

POINT-BLANK (adjective)
  The adjective POINT-BLANK has 2 senses:

1. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
2. close enough to go straight to the target

  Familiarity information: POINT-BLANK used as an adjective is rare.


POINT-BLANK (adverb)
  The adverb POINT-BLANK has 1 sense:

1. in a direct and unequivocal manner

  Familiarity information: POINT-BLANK used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


POINT-BLANK (adjective)


Sense 1point-blank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

Synonyms:

straight-from-the-shoulder; point-blank; free-spoken; frank; forthright; candid; outspoken; plainspoken; blunt

Context examples:

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

Similar:

direct (extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action)


Sense 2point-blank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Close enough to go straight to the target

Context examples:

point-blank range / a point-blank shot

Similar:

direct (direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short)


POINT-BLANK (adverb)


Sense 1point-blank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a direct and unequivocal manner

Context example:

I asked him point-blank whether he wanted the job


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