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Presumed from up- +‎ shot, referring to the last shot in a match of archery.



upshot (plural upshots)

  1. The final result, or outcome of something.
    • 1818 April 20, The Parliamentary Debates: During the Sixth Session of the Fifth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, appointed to meet at Westminster, the Twenty-seventh Day of January 1818, in the Fifty-eighth Year of the Reign of His Majesty King GEORGE the Third[1], Thomas Curson Hansard, page 224:
      Whatever might be the details of the proposition, that, he conceived, to be the result, or, in vulgar language, the upshot of it.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
      I have no skill of fancy to tell of that dark collogue, but the upshot was that Alison swore by her lost soul and the pride of sin to bring the lass into thrall to her master.
    • 1944 July and August, Charles E. Lee, “The "City of Truro"”, in Railway Magazine, page 202:
      Many of our correspondents participated in the discussion, and the upshot was that the alleged record was discredited.
    • 2020 August 1, David Hytner, “Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal turn tables on Chelsea to win FA Cup”, in The Guardian[2]:
      It was a snapshot of the finishing ability that makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a world-class performer and, for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, the upshot was glorious.
  2. (US) A concise summary.
    I'm not interested in hearing all the details. Just give me the upshot.
  3. (US) A positive aspect or consequence, often either unexpected or in contrast to other negative aspects.
    One of the major upshots of prefab building is its decreased environmental impact.