Final issue; conclusion; the sum and substance; the end; the result; the consummation. "I can not pursue with any safety this sport to the upshot." (Shak) "We account it frailty that threescore years and ten make the upshot of man's pleasurable existence." (De Quincey)

Origin: Up + shot, equivalent to scot share, reckoning. Cf. The phrase to cast up an account.

(01 Mar 1998)

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