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 Point.Point d’Appui (French). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
        “Now art thou within point-blank of our jurisdiction regal.”—Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., iv. 7.

 Point.Point d’Appui (French). 


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