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[uhp-shot] /ˈʌpˌʃɒt/
the final issue, the conclusion, or the result:
The upshot of the disagreement was a new bylaw.
the gist, as of an argument or thesis.
Origin of upshot
1525-35; up- + shot1
1. consequence, outgrowth, aftereffect. Unabridged
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  • The upshot is that the historical record is simply the data log of this one side of the experiment, the intentional one.
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  • The upshot is that hundreds of common genetic variants have now been statistically linked with various diseases.
British Dictionary definitions for upshot


the final result; conclusion; outcome
(archery) the final shot in a match
Word Origin
C16: from up + shot1
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Word Origin and History for upshot

1530s, from up + shot (n.); originally, the final shot in an archery match, hence the figurative sense of "result, issue, conclusion" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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