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Parthian shot

noun
1.
a sharp, telling remark, act, gesture, etc., made in departing.
Origin
1900-1905
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

noun
1.
another term for parting shot
Word Origin
alluding to the custom of Parthian archers who shot their arrows backwards while retreating
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