What does the word pointblank mean?

Usage examples for pointblank

  1. We were simply driven pointblank against our books like soldiers against the enemy, and sternly ordered, " Up and at 'em. – The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir
  2. It was not more than thirty yards away- pointblank range. – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder
  3. Having calculated on the assistance of a poacher of some repute as a fearless fellow, he pointblank refused to accompany me when I proposed an expedition into the cave. – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould
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