up·​shot | \ ˈəp-ˌshät How to pronounce upshot (audio) \

Definition of upshot

: the final result : outcome

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Examples of upshot in a Sentence

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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The upshot is that high-end housing markets saw a notable pullback in housing demand in 2018, with inventories of homes for sale rising after several years of declines. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Tax Cut’s Economic Impact," 15 Feb. 2019 The upshot: Expect a ton more outside money to pour into the race as Republicans target the Democrat in a state won in 2016 by President Donald Trump. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MU Poll: Tammy Baldwin leads Republican challengers Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race," 20 June 2018 The upshot: Plenty of real estate and two burners, but the beefy size and long setup time make the Coleman feel more home as a backyard grill than one for camping. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Portable Camp Grills," 1 June 2018 The upshot: The Facebook users were 2½ times more likely to stop smoking than young adults who were exposed to more traditional online quitting programs — in this case, the National Cancer Institute’s website. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can Facebook help you quit smoking? Study indicates yes," 24 May 2018 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

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1594, in the meaning defined above

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up·​shot | \ ˈəp-ˌshät How to pronounce upshot (audio) \

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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