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Phrase: "A parting shot"

Originator: John McCleod

Date of origination: 1818


The phrase "A parting shot" has been around for quite a while. It originates with the Parthians, who would send their forces out to attack the enemies. After a short skirmish, they would pretend to be beaten, and rush away. The enemies would abandon all defensive positions to chase them. However, as they were fleeing, the Parthians would shoot their arrows behind them, and into the forces of the enemy. Their enemies called the shots "Parthian shots". Eventually, "Parthian" was changed to the now more familiar "Parting".

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