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parting shot

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noun
  1. a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.
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Origin of parting shot

First recorded in 1890–95; perhaps by folk etymology from Parthian shot
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Related Words for parting shot

rejoinder, repartee, quip, caricature, mockery, sarcasm, jeer, disdain, satire, derision, taunt, scorn, laughter, contempt, parody, taunting, gibe, ridicule, insult, barb

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Historical Examples of parting shot

  • And with this parting-shot the doctor majestically turned away.

    'Laramie;'

    Charles King


British Dictionary definitions for parting shot

parting shot

noun
  1. a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departingAlso called: Parthian shot
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Idioms and Phrases with parting shot

parting shot

A final insult or last word in an argument, as in As she stalked out, Jane hurled as a parting shot, “And I quit!” This idiom apparently originated as a corruption of Parthian shot, referring to the practice of ancient Parthian warriors of turning back to shoot at their pursuers. [Late 1800s]

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