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parting shot

a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving.
Origin of parting shot
1890-95; perhaps by folk etymology from Parthian shot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And with this parting-shot the doctor majestically turned away.

    'Laramie;' Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for parting-shot

parting shot

a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departing Also called Parthian shot
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Idioms and Phrases with parting-shot

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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