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    point-blank

    "The police pronounced that the victim had been shot point-blank in the head."

    Would it mean that someone pointed a gun at the victim's head so close that the forensic team detacted particles of gunpowder on victim's forehead?

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    Re: point-blank

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    "The police pronounced that the victim had been shot point-blank in the head."

    Would it mean that someone pointed a gun at the victim's head so close that the forensic team detected particles of gunpowder on victim's forehead?
    Somewhere on his head, yes.

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    Re: point-blank

    'point blank' = from a range of 0.0 metres .[point]0[blank] - that is, strictly, with the weapon actually touching the target. But 'point blank' is often used to mean just 'from close range'.

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    Re: point-blank

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'point blank' = from a range of 0.0 metres .[point]0[blank] - that is, strictly, with the weapon actually touching the target. But 'point blank' is often used to mean just 'from close range'.

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    It can be used both to say that one shoots with his weapon touching part of the body or from close range?

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    Re: point-blank

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    It can be used both to say that one shoots with his weapon touching part of the body or from close range?
    Either. The strict etymological meaning of touching isn't widely used (or even recognized by most native speakers).

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    Re: point-blank

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Either. The strict etymological meaning of touching isn't widely used (or even recognized by most native speakers).

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    Is there another verb you might use instead of "touching" when giving an explanation ?

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    Re: point-blank

    Not that I know of. A common expression in crime dramas, though, is 'he was shot execution-style' - which comes close.

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