I've read (by web search) dictionary meanings of blunt, border (could not find border on specifics), certainly I hope I know what confrontation means. Still the phrase "instinct for bluntness bordering on confrontation" in acticle about founder of Amazon Inc. does not seem meaningfull. What is its' meaning?

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    Bordering on = very close to a boundary. Nearly crossing a boundary that would create a confrontation
    – Smock
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 10:27

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This is the verb "to border", meaning "to be close to". It is being used in an idiom "X bordering on Y", where X and Y are usually abstract nouns.

It means that the founder of Amazon is so very blunt that he is almost confrontational.

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