ask, tell, etc. somebody point blank

ask, tell, etc. somebody point ˈblank

ask, tell, etc. somebody very directly, and perhaps rudely: I told him point blank that we no longer wanted him to work for us.She asked me point blank why I didn’t like her. Point blank originally referred to firing a gun or shooting an arrow directly at the centre of a target from very close to it.
See also: blank, point, somebody