- 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
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1. consequence, outgrowth, aftereffect.
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Examples from the Web for upshot
The upshot of these contradictory findings is that most people have trouble believing the figures produced by either side.Scots Must Choose Heart or Head
September 18, 2014
The upshot is to immerse oneself in a crash course on institutional racism and police brutality.The War on Drugs Is What Makes Thugs
August 21, 2014
The upshot is, you can expect to be touched, even to the point of tears, as well as moved to chortles and guffaws.Comedy Is His Calling: The Brilliance of Billy Crystal
April 18, 2014
The upshot was that a human trafficker got off easy, in part, so that Christie could jail a small-town mayor.Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?
March 17, 2014
The upshot is that, with each passing month, Americans effectively use less petroleum to get around.July was the Greenest Month Ever for U.S. Car Sales
August 6, 2013
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)
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
- the final result; conclusion; outcome
- archery the final shot in a match
C16: from up + shot 1
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Word Origin and History for upshot
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