21 December 2009


Upshot is a word that I've suppressed in my own speech, as until now I've never taken the time to look it up. It may be taken to mean outcome, or conclusion, but it certainly has the spring and bark of a more direct, even onomatopoetic, word.


Upshot Up"shot`, n. [Up + shot, equivalent to scot share,
reckoning. Cf. the phrase to cast up an account.]
Final issue; conclusion; the sum and substance; the end; the
result; the consummation.
[1913 Webster]

I can not pursue with any safety this sport to the
upshot. --Shak.
[1913 Webster]

We account it frailty that threescore years and ten
make the upshot of man's pleasurable existence. --De
[1913 Webster]
-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

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]
-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "upshot":
accomplishment, aftereffect, aftermath, answer, ascertainment,
backwash, burden, by-product, clearing up, climax, completion,
conclusion, consequence, consequent, core, corollary, cracking,
culmination, decipherment, decoding, denouement, derivation,
derivative, determination, development, disentanglement,
distillate, effect, end, end result, ending, event, eventuality,
eventuation, explanation, fallout, feedback, finding, finding-out,
finish, fruit, gist, harvest, interpretation, issue, legacy,
logical outcome, meat, offshoot, offspring, outcome, outgrowth,
pith, precipitate, product, purport, reason, repercussion,
resolution, resolving, result, resultant, riddling, sense, sequel,
sequela, sequence, sequent, short, solution, solving, sorting out,
termination, thrust, unraveling, unriddling, unscrambling,
unspinning, untangling, untwisting, unweaving, wake, working,
working-out, wrap-up

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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