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 the 3a doesn't share the same Photos policy as the more expensive Pixel 3. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "PSA: The Pixel 3a isn’t getting the same unlimited Google Photos storage as the Pixel 3," 8 May 2019 The upshot is that Neanderthals and woolly mammoths evolved the same genetic adaptations independently. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits," 10 Apr. 2019 The upshot: the city will dismiss more than 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions in the city dating as far back as 1975 and review nearly 5,000 felony cases for possible action. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "San Francisco Erases Thousands of Marijuana Convictions," 31 Jan. 2018 So what’s the upshot of having gone through all of this? Albert Breer,, "Sean McVay on Why the Rams Will Be Different Than Dream Teams Past," 5 Apr. 2018 And what’s the upshot in a society that lacks unions that would otherwise force better conditions? Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "Why Is the U.S. So Bad at Worker Retraining?," 4 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of upshot

1594, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of upshot

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

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