- a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.
Origin of parting shot
Examples from the Web for 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]