Direct. A term in gunnery; when a cannon is so placed that the
line of sight is parallel to the axis and horizontal, the discharge is
point-blank, and is supposed to go direct to the object without a
curve. In French point blanc is the white mark or bull's eye of
a target, to hit which the ball or arrow must not deviate in the least
from the exact path.
“Now art thou within point-blank of our jurisdiction regal.” —Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI. iv. 7.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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