ask (one) point-blank

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ask (one) point-blank

To ask one 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
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If you're worried about a friend or family member, Harkavy-Friedman said you should ask them point blank if they're considering suicide.
The prime minister should frequently meet entrepreneurs and ask them point blank, how much of their amassed liquidity are they putting back as equity' into new projects.
Credit managers also "need to talk to their credit card providers and ask them point blank about surcharge fees, and they need to check with in-house counsel to see where it is legal or not," she added.
Ask them point blank if they really understand your business strategy.