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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The final result; the outcome. synonym: effect.
  • noun The central idea or point; gist.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Final issue; conclusion; end; consummation: as, the upshot of the matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Final issue; conclusion; the sum and substance; the end; the result; the consummation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A concise summary.
  • noun The final result, or outcome of something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

Etymologies

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

[Earlier upshot, the last shot in an archery contest.]

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