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 for point-blank
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Point-blank \Point`-blank"\, n. [F. point point + blanc white.]
     1. The white spot on a target, at which an arrow or other
        missile is aimed. [Obs.] --Jonson.
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     2. (Mil.)
        (a) With all small arms, the second point in which the
            natural line of sight, when horizontal, cuts the
            trajectory.
        (b) With artillery, the point where the projectile first
            strikes the horizontal plane on which the gun stands,
            the axis of the piece being horizontal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Point-blank \Point`-blank"\, a.
     1. Directed in a line toward the object aimed at; aimed
        directly toward the mark.
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     2. Hence, direct; plain; unqualified; -- said of language;
        as, a point-blank assertion.
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     Point-blank range, the extent of the apparent right line of
        a ball discharged.
  
     Point-blank shot, the shot of a gun pointed directly toward
        the object to be hit.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Point-blank \Point`-blank"\, adv.
     In a point-blank manner.
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           To sin point-blank against God's word.   --Fuller.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  point-blank
      adv 1: in a direct and unequivocal manner; "I asked him point-
             blank whether he wanted the job"
      adj 1: characterized by directness in manner or speech; without
             subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight
             shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my
             candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright
             approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and
             you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be
             outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the
             point"; "a point-blank accusation" [syn: blunt,
             candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken,
             outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-
             from-the-shoulder]
      2: close enough to go straight to the target; "point-blank
         range"; "a point-blank shot"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  31 Moby Thesaurus words for "point-blank":
     abrupt, abruptly, blunt, bluntly, candidly, categorical,
     categorically, close, direct, directly, downright, explicit,
     explicitly, flat, flatly, frankly, nearby, openly, outright,
     plainly, right away, short, straight, straightforward,
     to the point, unalloyed, uncompromising, uncompromisingly,
     unmitigated, unreserved, unreservedly
  
  

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