parting shot


noun

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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Example sentences from the Web for parting shot

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

    'Laramie;'|Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for parting shot

parting shot

noun

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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