upshot

[ uhp-shot ]
/ ˈʌpˌʃɒt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. upset the applecart,
  2. upsetting,
  3. upsetting lever,
  4. upsetting moment,
  5. upshift,
  6. upside,
  7. upside down,
  8. upside the head,
  9. upside-down cake,
  10. upsides

Origin of upshot

First recorded in 1525–35; up- + shot1

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British Dictionary definitions for upshot

upshot

/ (ˈʌpˌʃɒt) /

noun

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

upshot

n.

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

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