Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An act of aggression or retaliation, such as a retort or threat, that is made upon one's departure or at the end of a heated discussion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insult or barbed comment issued as the speaker departs or the conversation comes to an end.

Etymologies

Believed to be a variation of Parthian shot, referring to a military maneuver in which Parthian troops retreating on horseback turned back to face the enemy and shot while retreating.[2] (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His parting shot in the series, a fatal double-play groundout in the ninth, sent me to the Amtrak station near the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame totally bummed.

    One Season

  • According to ESPN and the MLB Network, Alex Rodriguez’s parting shot that summer night in August was just the fifth game-ending home run in a scoreless game in the 15th inning or later.

    One Season

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