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point-blank

1. adjective Resolute and inflexible. The suspect gave a point-blank denial of having anything to do with the robbery.
2. adjective Blunt; direct and to the point. Such a point-blank accusation really undermines the relationship I thought we had together.
3. adjective At an extremely close distance, such that a projectile is very unlikely to miss and will deal the maximum amount of damage possible. Not knowing the gun was loaded, he pulled the trigger and ended up shooting his friend at point-blank range.
4. adverb Resolutely and inflexibly. The boss refused point-blank to give me extra time off to help care for my sick mother.
5. adverb Bluntly; directly and to the point. For all his faults, at least John will ask point-blank when he needs something from you, rather than dancing around the issue like most people.

point-blank

1. If you say something point-blank, you say it very directly and firmly, without explaining or apologizing. The army apparently refused point-blank to do what was required of them. Mr Patterson was asked point blank if he would resign. Note: Point-blank is also an adjective. We received a point-blank refusal.
2. If someone or something is shot point-blank, they are shot when the gun is touching them or extremely close to them. He fired point-blank at Bernadette. Note: Point-blank is also an adjective. He had been shot at point-blank range in the back of the head.