Parthian arrow
Parthian Par"thi*an, a. Of or pertaining to ancient Parthia, in Asia. -- n. A native of Parthia. [1913 Webster]

{Parthian arrow}, an arrow discharged at an enemy when retreating from him, as was the custom of the ancient Parthians; hence, a parting shot. [1913 Webster]


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