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
Recent Examples on the Web The upshot is that all of Saturn’s large moons were likely originally in a much more compact configuration, and they’ve all been driven outwards over the past 4.5 billion years by resonance tides. Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American, "The Mystery of Titan's Expanding Orbit," 30 July 2020 The upshot is that the records are unlikely to see the light of day until after November's election. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The President is not a king: Why the Supreme Court said Trump can’t keep his financial records secret," 9 July 2020 The upshot is that my children will be able to physically attend school one out of every three weeks. New York Times, "In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.," 2 July 2020 The upshot was that during the 20th century, manufacturers established rifling twist rates by cartridge based on typical bullets then in vogue. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020 The upshot is that many middle-class workers who are contemplating permanent post-COVID relocations could face tax headaches more familiar to affluent earners like hedge fund managers and professional athletes. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coronavirus telecommuters could face a tax nightmare," 27 June 2020 The upshot, says the UN, is that many people can no longer afford food. The Economist, "From bad to worse Bashar al-Assad has no solutions to Syria’s crisis," 20 June 2020 The upshot so far has been little more than false hope for farmers. NBC News, "Soybean farmers face 'stress, chaos,' as Trump continues to attack China trade deal," 19 June 2020 Whatever the causes, the upshot is that when fathers do not function well as partners and parents, mothers and children suffer the consequences. Paul Florsheim And David Moore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: It's time to help men become fathers by giving them the prenatal care they need," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of upshot

1594, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2020

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“Upshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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