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point-blank

1. adjective At an extremely close distance, such that a projectile is very unlikely to miss and will deal the maximum amount of damage possible. The fact that he was shot at point-blank range suggests the perpetrator was easily able to get close.
2. adjective Resolute and inflexible. The suspect gave a point-blank denial of having anything to do with the robbery.
3. adjective Blunt; direct and to the point. She made a point-blank accusation, without softening it in any way.
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.
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A lone hitman walked up and fired what witnesses say were seven bullets at almost point-blank range.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- There was intent behind the bullets that pierced the windows of a parked BMW at point-blank range, killing two 19-year-old cousins inside.
The TV presenter was killed on the doorstep of her London home by a single bullet to the head at point-blank range.
Razov scored a point-blank range header in the fifth minute.
Frank O'Loughlin was shot at point-blank range in the toilets of the Mad Ass Tavern in Queens after a violent argument over his girlfriend involving an hispanic man.
With no help, he beat one defender, but his point-blank shot was saved by Meola, who had moved to cut off the near-post angle.
I felt like we dominated the game, but it's just one of those things,'' said Chatsworth coach Vickie Altshule, whose team benefited from point-blank stops by freshman goalkeeper Dana Moreno on second-half breakaways by Michelle Oakes and Niki Connolly.
The Royals, who outshot Simi Valley 4-2 in the half, were stifled in the 16th minute as Simi Valley goalkeeper Cassandra Vargas (eight saves) stopped a Kelsey Weiss shot from point-blank range.
He, in turn, tipped it to the unmarked Dorman, who scored past Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman from almost point-blank range.
Defender Pablo Chinchilla, for example, missed a point-blank attempt from less than 10 yards with just under five minutes remaining.
A minute earlier, Lugo had kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard by stopping Sahar Haghdan on a point-blank shot inside the 6-yard box.
2 Harvard-Westlake (0-1-1) when Ali Riley broke free and shot point-blank at goalkeeper Rachel Collins twice in the first half.
The Highlanders (20-7) established themselves quickly, scoring three times within the first minute with two point-blank shots from Katie Harding and one from Sharleanna Richardson as Royal went up 3-0.
The Kings played mostly solid over the next nine minutes, though Cechmanek was forced to make two point-blank saves because of defensive lapses by his teammates.