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Post time 2004-9-2 15:14:00 |Display all floors
During a later visit his father asked him(referring to Lori's husband: Mark) point-blank if he had anything to do with Lori's disappearance.

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Meaning of "Point-Blank"


Did you get your question answered?  Point-blank refers to directness in manner or speech, blunt, without subtlety or evasion.  For example:

When he asked her out on a date, she point-blank replied "No."  

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Scott  :)  USA

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Post time 2004-9-3 12:48:59 |Display all floors

"Point-Blank" comes from America's gun culture.

To shoot someone at "point-blank range" means to discharge a firearm so close to them that there is no way to miss.  So the full impact of the weapon hits them.  To be shot at point blank range with something like a shotgun and most handguns would be fatal, and very destructive.

In the context you've asked about, to "ask someone point-blank" means to ask them as directly as possible.

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Post time 2004-9-3 13:05:45 |Display all floors

More on "Point-Blank"

"upfront" has the similar implication, e.g.:-

"I'm very upfront with you that 'no L/C, no shipment", that broker threw his last word out over the phone.

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Thank you all for your elaborate explanation in this word.

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