- a sharp, telling remark, act, gesture, etc., made in departing.
Origin of Parthian shot
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
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- another term for parting shot
alluding to the custom of Parthian archers who shot their arrows backwards while retreating