Point-blank Point`-blank", adv. In a point-blank manner. [1913 Webster]

To sin point-blank against God's word. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • point-blank — adv 1.) if you say or refuse something point blank, you do it directly and without trying to explain your reasons ▪ He refused point blank to identify his accomplices. ▪ I told him point blank that I didn t want to get involved. 2.) a gun fired… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • point-blank — [point′blaŋk′] adj. [ POINT + BLANK, n. 4] 1. Gunnery a) aimed horizontally, straight at a mark, at such close range that rise and fall in the projectile s flight need not be considered b) of or suitable for such fire [point blank range] …   English World dictionary

  • Point-blank — a. 1. Directed in a line toward the object aimed at; aimed directly toward the mark. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, direct; plain; unqualified; said of language; as, a point blank assertion. [1913 Webster] {Point blank range}, the extent of the appare …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • point-blank — adverb 1. ) in a very firm and direct way: Polly declared point blank that she would never go there again. When I asked him point blank how much money was left, he wouldn t answer me. 2. ) with the gun held very close to the person who is shot:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • point blank — 1570s, from POINT (Cf. point) (v.) + BLANK (Cf. blank) (n.), the white center of a target. The notion is of standing close enough to aim (point) at the blank without allowance for curve, windage, or gravity …   Etymology dictionary

  • Point Blank — Point Blank, TX U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 559 Housing Units (2000): 403 Land area (2000): 1.882567 sq. miles (4.875827 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.302913 sq. miles (0.784541 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.185480 sq. miles (5.660368 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • point-blank — if you refuse point blank, you refuse completely and will not change your decision. Journalists were infuriated by her point blank refusal to discuss their divorce. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • Point-blank — n. [F. point point + blanc white.] 1. The white spot on a target, at which an arrow or other missile is aimed. [Obs.] Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) (a) With all small arms, the second point in which the natural line of sight, when horizontal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • point-blank — index direct (forthright) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • point-blank — point′ blank′ adj. 1) aimed or fired straight at the mark esp. from close range; direct 2) straightforward, plain, or explicit 3) with a direct aim; directly; straight 4) bluntly; frankly • Etymology: 1565–75 …   From formal English to slang

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