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.
See also: ask

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’.
See also: ask, someone
References in classic literature ?
I had half a mind to ask him point blank whether he, at least, didn't know why Falk, a notoriously unsociable man, had taken to visiting his ship with such assiduity.
But somehow, I mustered the strength to visit my doctor and ask him point blank, Dr.
He's given everything to NACM, but if you were to ask him point blank if he did, he would tell you that he didn't," said Doane.