up·​shot | \ ˈəp-ˌshät \

Definition of upshot 

: the final result : outcome

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the upshot of the court's ruling is that a number of communities will now have to change their gun laws

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One upshot of China’s successful bond sale is the expectation that the country’s relatively low borrowing costs could benefit Chinese companies that need to sell dollar bonds in the coming months. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "China’s $3 Billion Bond Sale Defies Global Markets Slump," 11 Oct. 2018 One upshot of all this: After passing massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the Republican president is now preparing to dramatically raise taxes on American consumers in the run-up to November’s midterm elections. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "As Europe’s Tariffs on U.S. Goods Take Effect, Trump Threatens Retaliation," 22 June 2018 And the upshot of that chaos could wind up being very personal for Trump. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "‘It’s chaos. . . . It’s not good for anything’: After rejecting Trump’s offer, Ted Olson admonishes him," 26 Mar. 2018 The upshot of all this is that the Wayback Machine has evolved into something with far more utility than simply amusing trips to LiveJournals of yore. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 The upshot is that GE will get around $3.7 billion in cash, some $1.5 billion of it from Baker Hughes, and will be left owning just over half of the company. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Buy Baker Hughes on This Breakup," 13 Nov. 2018 The upshot is clear: Democrats will probably remain in the minority in the Senate until at least 2022. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats," 8 Nov. 2018 The upshot is that those devices can often feel sluggish or laggy compared to subsequent models. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster!," 17 Sep. 2018 That's the upshot of allegations contained in a criminal complaint, in which the 41-year-old Waukesha man has been accused of one felony count of threatening to communicate derogatory information about a man who had an affair with his now ex-wife. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha man harassed neighbor, demanded apology for affair, complaint says," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of upshot

1594, in the meaning defined above

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up·​shot | \ ˈəp-ˌshät \

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: the final result What was the upshot of the negotiations?

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