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.

1525–35; up- + shot1

1. consequence, outgrowth, aftereffect. Unabridged
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upshot (ˈʌpˌʃɒt)
1.  the final result; conclusion; outcome
2.  archery the final shot in a match
[C16: from up + shot1]

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Word Origin & History

1531, from up + shot (n.); originally, the final shot in an archery match, hence the fig. sense of "result, issue, conclusion" (1604).
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Example sentences
The upshot is that the historical record is simply the data log of this one
  side of the experiment, the intentional one.
The political upshot of the examples aren't important to the essay's thesis,
  which is about human reasoning and its pitfalls.
The upshot is that our department is better than our website suggests.
The upshot is that they feel smarter, more focused, and more capable.
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