ask (someone) point-blank

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ask (someone) point-blank

To ask someone something in a blunt and direct manner. For all his faults, at least John will ask you point-blank when he needs something, rather than dancing around the issue like most people.
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ask (or tell, etc.) someone point-blank

ask (or tell, etc.) someone something very directly, abruptly, or rudely.
In its literal sense point-blank describes a shot or bullet fired from very close to its target. One of the earliest senses of the noun blank was ‘the white spot in the centre of a target’.
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So the first thing you should do is talk to your daughter to find out what she knows about steroids, and ask her point blank if she has had any involvement with these performance-enhancing drugs.