the final issue, the conclusion, or the result: The upshot of the disagreement was a new bylaw.
the gist, as of an argument or thesis.

Origin of upshot

First recorded in 1525–35; up- + shot1

Synonyms for upshot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for upshot

Contemporary Examples of upshot

Historical Examples of upshot

  • And the upshot of that dumb battle is inequality—and beauty.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Such an upshot, as she calls it, of this unhappy affair, Heaven avert!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The upshot of the affair was that De Launay bought it at a fair price.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • But young girls are willful, and the upshot of the whole matter was—she eloped with him.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • We must fight on now to a finish, but the upshot is sure to be a finish.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

British Dictionary definitions for upshot



the final result; conclusion; outcome
archery the final shot in a match

Word Origin for upshot

C16: from up + shot 1
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Word Origin and History for upshot

1530s, from up + shot (n.); originally, the final shot in an archery match, hence the figurative sense of "result, issue, conclusion" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper