Parthian shot


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Parthian shot

n
another term for parting shot
[alluding to the custom of Parthian archers who shot their arrows backwards while retreating]

Par′thian shot′


n.
a sharp, telling remark or gesture made in departing.
[1900–05; so called from the Parthian cavalry's habit of shooting arrows at the enemy while in real or feigned flight]
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With which Parthian shot he walked away, leaving the two rivals open-mouthed behind him.
90, 91, 92) associated in history with the Arsacid (Parthian) dynasty and famed for their horse riding and Parthian Shot skills.
An election-year Parthian shot dedicated to the Ken Molly's, Lea Jones' and the rest of the "jarringly nonsensical" ideologues that litter The Register-Guard's Opinion pages:
Why is a parting gesture known as a Parthian shot? 8.
However, it should be called by its true name: Parthian Shot, for that is where the term parting shot was derived.
In the Parthian period (the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD), their horsemen were even acknowledged by the Romans (their enemies), for the 'Parthian shot', This was devastatingly delivered by an apparently retreating horseman, who then turns to shoot arrows backwards.
I will savor the rest of the issue, and fully expect to relish and re-read Mark Helprin's "Parthian Shot" (his books have long been my favorites).
Outstanding examples include: The Defector (1970) by TV correspondent Charles Collingwood, an early novel about a Northerner fleeing to the South; The Shadows in Go-Yeu (1971) by James Carver; and Parthian Shot, a dark comedy by Lloyd Little, a Special Forces veteran.
A good horse archer should be able to release an arrow as he charges towards the target, another as he passes it, and a third while charging away (the famous Parthian Shot).
Then the finale: Professor Eayrs looses a Parthian shot at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Parthian Shot by David Wishart Published by Nel IF ever there was proof that a book shouldn't be judged by its cover, this is it.
The Book of Revelation registers the fear engendered by the Parthian cavalry, with their "Parthian shot" (a shot fired while in feigned retreat), alluded to in Rev.