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adjective blunt pronunciation in American English /blʌnt/
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adjectiveblunt
comparativeblunter
superlativebluntest
  1. 1
    not pointed or sharp
    a blunt pencil/razor
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  2. 2
    saying what is true or what you think, even if this offends or upsets people
    It was a frank answer to a blunt question.
    let’s be blunt (=used before saying that something is true but unpleasant): Let’s be blunt – younger people will not buy this car.

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bluntness

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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