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.

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

Etymologies

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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.

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