Definition of parting shot in English:

parting shot


  • A final remark, typically a cutting one, made by someone at the moment of departure.

    ‘as her parting shot she told me never to phone her again’
    • ‘His fellow team at ‘GMA’ sent him off with parting gifts and some parting shots, as they showed some of his memorable moments.’
    • ‘More than once the parents refused to believe their offspring were capable of misbehaviour and blamed society, with a parting shot: ‘I could never do anything with him or her anyway’.’
    • ‘The associate director of a theatre company based in Chiswick about to stage it's last production, fired a parting shot this week at local residents he believes have shown little interest in supporting them.’
    • ‘His parting shot - the declaration of his resolve to join hands with the Government employees to fight against the Government - came as a rude jolt to the Ministers present.’
    • ‘As a parting shot, my wife, who has to buy small or petite sizes here in the States, has to buy large sizes when we travel in Europe - this is how skewed America's sense of health is.’
    • ‘In a parting shot he has called on the Government to abolish national tests for seven-year-olds as well as school league tables based on test results for 11, 14, and 16 year olds.’
    • ‘As a parting shot I wonder if Terri will get to walk up the aisle.’
    • ‘Loki only had a moment to make a parting shot at Trev before they got lost in the city streets.’
    • ‘It now seems likely that Kay's parting shots will overshadow whatever conclusions the ISG eventually reaches.’
    • ‘Jonah is right, other than his parting shot at DC.’
    • ‘Somewhat ironically, one of his parting shots was, ‘Another thing that got to me was that chart music in this country is terrible.’’
    • ‘Darryl mounted Firedancer and rode past them, but he couldn't resist a final parting shot.’
    • ‘‘Here it is not the question of profit or loss, but the support I get from the public, which I feel is the driving force behind my protest,’ is his parting shot.’
    • ‘And in his sign-off, the veteran journalist took a parting shot at the industry that increasingly values entertainment over news.’
    • ‘Then a flash of inspiration hits her, and she spins around to offer a final parting shot.’
    • ‘Or put it their way, playing the gangster card for so long - arguably too long - they called the parting shots.’
    • ‘Then, as a final parting shot, he leans over to look at my store catalogue and advises me on what type of music system to buy.’
    • ‘And then, in a Cantona-esque parting shot: ‘If there's a battle you are on top of the hill.’’
    • ‘I think, as a parting shot, she told me to ‘huff off!’’
    • ‘At the same time, it was a parting shot at my mother's hostile family, a sad little act of revenge on people who would not be there to see it.’
    concluding remark, final remark, final say, closing statement, parting shot, parthian shot
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