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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.
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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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parting shot

n. the last word; a final comment before departing. His parting shot concerned some comments about my ability to do simple math.
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parting shot

The last word. At the end of a heated discussion or argument, you unleash a zinger of a remark as you leave. You've just made a parting shot. The phrase is very often said as “Parthian shot.” The Parthians were a Persian tribe that developed the cavalry tactic of retreating in order to draw their enemy after them, whereupon they would turn in the saddle and fire a barrage of arrows. Although some scholars say “parting” came from “Parthian,” others say it's coincidental.
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JOE COLE has delivered a parting shot at Fabio Capello by claiming England would have a better chance of winning Euro 2012 under Harry Redknapp than him.
Ella also has a parting shot for Charity as she spreads a rumour that she'd also been tangling with Jai - but when Charity tries to confront her boyfriend, she quickly loses the moral high-ground.
As for Mr B's parting shot citing human rights, it is too imbecilic to address.
And in an astonishing parting shot, co-owner Barry Keen said Warwick was quickly becoming a ghost town of antique shops and museums.
Summary: Karren Brady has fired a parting shot at Richard Keys after he left his role at Sky, claiming he has "added insult to injury.
And Devon's parting shot, "No wonder Tiger dummpppped her ass.
McDonald, who will hand back control to Sam Allardyce for Saturday's home game with Liverpool, had a parting shot at Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti after Rovers won 4-3 on penalties after the game had ended in a 3-3 draw.
But yesterday she aimed a parting shot at Birmingham supporters who barracked the Villa striker with obscene songs about his mother at last Sunday's derby - before he scored the only goal of the match.
NELSON PIQUET fired a damning parting shot at Flavio Briatore after being released from his contract with Renault.
CRICKET: Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu has been unveiled as a Delhi Jets player for the inaugural Indian Cricket League (ICL) season - but could not resist one last parting shot at his country's selectors.
SYLVAIN DISTIN fired a parting shot at Manchester City's lack of ambition after Portsmouth's reported pounds 40,000-a-week offer saw off a late bid by Liverpool to take him to Anfield.
In Art Buchwald's case, his parting shot was actually a shot in the arm for the hospice industry.
If I'm not at work on Monday, you can blame Katie and Rod,'' was Vikki's parting shot.
Max Mosley's parting shot as president of motorsport's governing body FIA will be to force through new rules for Formula One, he said yesterday.
Scalia summed up by taking a parting shot at evolution: "[T]oday we permit a Court of Appeals to push the much beloved secular legend of the Monkey Trial one step further.