Meaning of BLUNT in English

BLUNT

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a blunt refusal (= honest and direct but likely to upset someone )

A blunt refusal to help will simply damage relations further.

Blunt, James

blunt (= not sharp )

The knife was so blunt it wouldn't cut anything.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

end

I had to catch up the axe and hit him with the blunt end , knock him out.

These lads were the blunt end of a much nastier problem.

Run the blunt end of the bone folder along the groove that forms the hinge.

instrument

I sometimes think a blunt instrument would do some good for her.

While the men exchanged blows the girl struck Farini from behind with a blunt instrument .

After a while they kidnap and murder a young boy for kicks, bashing him over the head with a blunt instrument .

The blunt instrument obstinately refused to reveal itself and he doubted if there were any more revelations to be got out of anybody.

This is a very blunt instrument .

The cause of death had been the terrible bludgeoning he had received from a blunt instrument .

She looked around for a blunt instrument .

All the injuries were consistent with an enraged and merciless attack with a blunt instrument .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

blunt criticism

His response was a blunt "no."

I'll be blunt . It's just not going to work.

I cut myself shaving with a blunt razor.

It's difficult to achieve a good result if you use blunt tools.

Maria can be very blunt and sometimes shocks people who don't know her well.

Police say the victim was hit with a blunt instrument, possibly a hammer.

The victim was hit on the head with a blunt object.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

After a while they kidnap and murder a young boy for kicks, bashing him over the head with a blunt instrument.

Call her candid, a straight shooter, rather than blunt .

His poems can be awkward and blunt but you feel any revision has been towards truth rather than beauty.

These lads were the blunt end of a much nastier problem.

Yet he was cagey and knew when to be blunt .

You don't have to be madly blunt in a political sense.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

edge

I slotted in well, but all that vending blunted my edges and did my head in.

They would dilute the quality of his product, blunting a competitive edge .

The bare infinitive would blunt the sharp edge of this expressive effect.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

His senses were blunted by the whiskey.

The latest bombing has blunted residents' hopes for peace.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I slotted in well, but all that vending blunted my edges and did my head in.

Methodological difficulties have, however, blunted the phenomenological critique.

Perhaps his arid years in suburbia had blunted his ability to love and be loved.

That blunts performance and hits fuel economy.

The alcohol had blunted the need for violence, but hadn't removed it.

The sickening feel of woollen gloves being pulled on to your hands and hitting and blunting your fingertips so touch was lost.

While the scene is meant to scare us, it also contains a built-in warning device that blunts the shock.

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