Parthian shot


noun
  1. a sharp, telling remark, act, gesture, etc., made in departing.

Origin of Parthian shot

1
First recorded in 1900–05; so called from the ancient Parthian cavalry's habit of shooting arrows rearward at the enemy while in real or feigned flight

Words Nearby Parthian shot

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How to use Parthian shot in a sentence

  • With which Parthian shot Mrs Fred made her way up-stairs and retired from the field.

    The Doctor's Family | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • The throb in my finger returned for a Parthian shot and I remembered that I was a real patient!

    Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith
  • A thrill of victory ran through her veins as she noted the effect of her Parthian shot.

    A Traitor's Wooing | Headon Hill
  • That Parthian shot of his, that in the end the Government would have to use his methods, is going home.

    Diplomatic Days | Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • With that Parthian shot I ordered my cocher, who was furtively grinning by this time, to drive on as quickly as possible.

    Set in Silver | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for Parthian shot

Parthian shot

noun
  1. another term for parting shot

Origin of Parthian shot

1
alluding to the custom of Parthian archers who shot their arrows backwards while retreating

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