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[uhp-shot] /ˈʌpˌʃɒt/
the final issue, the conclusion, or the result:
The upshot of the disagreement was a new bylaw.
the gist, as of an argument or thesis.
Origin of upshot
First recorded in 1525-35; up- + shot1
1. consequence, outgrowth, aftereffect. Unabridged
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  • And the upshot of that dumb battle is inequality—and beauty.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Such an upshot, as she calls it, of this unhappy affair, Heaven avert!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The upshot of the affair was that De Launay bought it at a fair price.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • But young girls are willful, and the upshot of the whole matter was—she eloped with him.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • We must fight on now to a finish, but the upshot is sure to be a finish.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for upshot


the final result; conclusion; outcome
(archery) the final shot in a match
Word Origin
C16: from up + shot1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for upshot

1530s, from up + shot (n.); originally, the final shot in an archery match, hence the figurative sense of "result, issue, conclusion" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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