parting shot

noun
a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.

Origin:
1890–95; perhaps by folk etymology from Parthian shot

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parting shot
 
n
Also called: Parthian shot a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departing

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parting shot definition


  1. n.
    the last word; a final comment before departing. : His parting shot concerned some comments about my ability to do simple math.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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My parting shot was a poorly aimed stone that struck a large tree with a resounding snap, which sent the bear scurrying.
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