Upshot has been used in my presence about six times today. I know what it means in the figurative sense, and I assumed it was derived from sports so I looked up its etymology.
Dictionary.com confirms that it originated from archery: "originally, the final shot in an archery match."
I don't understand why the final result in an archery match was called the upshot, though. One source cited "Hunting with the Bow and Arrow" and used this quote
it was often customary to shoot a return round over the same field.
as though that were self-explanatory, but I don't see what that has to do with "up."
Why would the final shot be called "the upshot"? Was it shot straight up into the air? Did the archer have to aim up over the target because it was so distant? Is there a sense of 'up' that I am missing?