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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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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.
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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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