AskDefine | Define upshot

Dictionary Definition

upshot n : a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event" [syn: consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue]

User Contributed Dictionary



Said to come from , or Judeo-, originally from פשט. Or, per the Online Etymology Dictionary:
1531, from up + shot (n.); originally, the final shot in an archery match.



  1. A concise summary of a lengthy explanation. The bottom line.
    I'm not interested in hearing all the details. Just give me the upshot.
  2. The final result, or outcome of something.
    The upshot was that they had to get married.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1