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parting shot

noun
1.
a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; perhaps by folk etymology from Parthian shot
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Examples for parting shot
  • My parting shot was a poorly aimed stone that struck a large tree with a resounding snap, which sent the bear scurrying.
British Dictionary definitions for parting shot

parting shot

noun
1.
a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departing Also called Parthian shot
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Idioms and Phrases with 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 ]
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