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 ?
If they were to ask him point-blank if he were not their correspondent it would be too awkward for him to lie; whereas I was fortunately not tied in that way.
Ask Harold Williams point-blank - and you do have to ask, for he won't offer - but ask him point-blank and he will tell you.