- a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.
Origin of parting shot
Related Words for parting shotrejoinder, 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;'
- a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departingAlso called: Parthian shot
Idioms and Phrases with 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]