The upshot of an action is the end result, whatever happens last as a consequence of the original action. The upshot of reading this sentence is that you will understand what the word upshot means.

In the 16th century, the last arrow launched in an archery competition was called the upshot. Like that final arrow, the upshot is the conclusion, the outcome. Sure, you can eat ice cream really fast, but the upshot is that you’ll have a brain freeze. The upshot of eating ice cream slowly is that it will melt. Decisions, decisions.

Definitions of upshot

n a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result
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materialisation, materialization, offspring
something that comes into existence as a result
any result that follows its cause after an interval
aftermath, backwash, wake
the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
bandwagon effect
the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity
the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
butterfly effect
the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
by-product, byproduct
a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
the result of alteration or modification
coattails effect
(politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
Coriolis effect
(physics) an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation; on Earth the Coriolis effect deflects moving bodies to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere
an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)
domino effect
the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)
the consequence of an effort or activity
impact, wallop
a forceful consequence; a strong effect
the effect of one thing (or person) on another
knock-on effect
a secondary or incidental effect
branch, offset, offshoot, outgrowth
a natural consequence of development
a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
placebo effect
any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
position effect
(genetics) the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
repercussion, reverberation
a remote or indirect consequence of some action
a result
fallout, side effect
any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
(economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
(physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
a tendency or force that influences events
a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
depolarisation, depolarization
a loss of polarity or polarization
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any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

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