upshot

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

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upshot (plural upshots)

  1. The final result, or outcome of something.
    • 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.
    • 2020 August 1, David Hytner, “Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal turn tables on Chelsea to win FA Cup”, in The Guardian[1]:
      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.

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