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parting shot

a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.
Origin of parting shot
First recorded in 1890-95; perhaps by folk etymology from Parthian shot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She hesitated, and then fired a parting shot which certainly was spiteful in the extreme.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • “None of your jaw,” shouted the second mate as a parting shot.

    Picked up at Sea J.C. Hutcheson
  • After which parting shot at Mama he effected a masterly retreat.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • "But not a common Government," said I, determined to fire a parting shot.

    The Fixed Period

    Anthony Trollope
  • Kate gave him a parting shot: "Of course you think I can't ride."

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • "You want to keep in touch with me," was Gilmartin's parting shot.

    The Tipster Edwin Lefevre
  • But I was not to leave the home of my ancestors without a parting shot.

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • With this parting shot, the lad went off laughing towards the hut.

    Fritz and Eric John Conroy Hutcheson
  • And also about the girl, she added as a parting shot, disappearing in the house.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for parting shot

parting shot

a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departing Also called Parthian shot
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Idioms and Phrases with parting shot

parting shot

A final insult or last word in an argument, as in As she stalked out, Jane hurled as a parting shot, “And I quit!” This idiom apparently originated as a corruption of Parthian shot, referring to the practice of ancient Parthian warriors of turning back to shoot at their pursuers. [ Late 1800s ]
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