Parthian shot

Parthian shot

noun
a sharp, telling remark, act, gesture, etc., made in departing.

Origin:
1900–05; so called from the ancient Parthian cavalry's habit of shooting arrows rearward at the enemy while in real or feigned flight

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Parthian shot
 
n
another term for parting shot
 
[alluding to the custom of Parthian archers who shot their arrows backwards while retreating]

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