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upshot

[uhp-shot]
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noun
  1. the final issue, the conclusion, or the result: The upshot of the disagreement was a new bylaw.
  2. the gist, as of an argument or thesis.
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Origin of upshot

First recorded in 1525–35; up- + shot1

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1. consequence, outgrowth, aftereffect.
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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

upshot

noun
  1. the final result; conclusion; outcome
  2. archery the final shot in a match
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Word Origin

C16: from up + shot 1
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Word Origin and History for upshot

n.

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

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