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What does the phrase “point-blank” mean in “she refused point-blank to join in”? [closed]

So she refused point-blank to join in. What does the expression point-blank mean in this context? Could you give me some more examples of situations where this phrase could be used?
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Where in the world does “a lift” mean “a ride in the car”?

In the United States and Canada, when someone asks you for "a lift" or you offer "a lift", you are speaking about riding in a car with them. However, in England and other places, a "lift" is an ...
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Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? For example, I saw the following sentence in a book, and wondered whether it is correct: If I do nothing else in Wallace, I want to teach my ...
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How to avoid that “that that” that is so very awkward

In all seriousness, are there any common patterns or strategies people use to avoid having to write a sentence in which "that that" appears? For example: Evidential decision theory recommends ...
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“I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules.” — Can this sentence work?

This is the sentence: I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules. I think the first that is a relative pronoun, the second also and the third is a demonstrative pronoun, ...
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Better use of “that that” — or not [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem I sometimes seem to write myself into using 2 thats in succession, as in: "Now that ...
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“He thought that that might be awkward.”

"He thought that that might be awkward." I know this sentence is a bit awkward, but is it grammatically incorrect?
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How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem

Have you ever had a case where you felt compelled to include strange things like a double that in a sentence? If so, then what did you do to resolve this? For me, I never knew whether it was ...