a parting shot

parting shot

A final, usually critical remark made specifically to have an impact on the listener(s). He couldn't resist getting a parting shot in at the hiring manager as he stormed out of her office.
See also: parting, shot

a ˌparting ˈshot

(also a ˌParthian ˈshot) a remark or action, often an unkind one, that somebody makes just as they are leaving: As Jim walked out of the door, his parting shot was, ‘I never want to see any of you again.’Parthia was a kingdom in ancient times. The Parthians used to fire arrows at the enemy as they were retreating from battle.
See also: parting, shot
References in classic literature ?
He was encouraged to chance a parting shot, now, at the same target, and did it.
Onley got up to go, but turned at the door and delivered a parting shot.
He surrendered the wheel, picked up the tray, and for a parting shot informed me that Mr.