tell (someone) point-blank

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tell (someone) point-blank

To say something to someone in a blunt and direct manner. For all his faults, at least John will tell you point-blank when he needs something, rather than dancing around the issue like most people.
See also: tell

ask, tell, etc. somebody point ˈblank

ask, tell, etc. somebody very directly, and perhaps rudely: I told him point blank that we no longer wanted him to work for us.She asked me point blank why I didn’t like her. Point blank originally referred to firing a gun or shooting an arrow directly at the centre of a target from very close to it.
See also: blank, point, somebody
References in classic literature ?
I shall tell him point-blank next time he comes, that I wish he would marry one of his own country-women; and see what he says to that.