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the last word

1. The final words in an argument or discussion, especially one that decisively or conclusively ends it. Everyone started shouting, trying to get in the last word, and the whole meeting just descended into chaos.
2. The most recent, modern, or advanced version of something. Typically followed by "in (something)." It may not look like much, but I can assure you that this machine is the last word in neural imaging.
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*last word

 and *final word; *final say
Fig. the final point (in an argument); the final decision (in some matter). (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give some one ~.) The boss gets the last word in hiring. Why do you always have to have the final word in an argument?
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your/the last/final ˈword (on/about something)

your, etc. final decision or statement about something: ‘Will you take £900?’ ‘No, £1 000 and that’s my last word.’Is that your final word on the matter?
See also: final, last, word
References in classic literature ?
This is the final word of a ship's ended journey, the closing word of her toil and of her achievement.
The morning was made cheerful by Rebecca's start for school, the packing of the luncheon basket, the final word about umbrella, waterproof, or rubbers; the parting admonition and the unconscious waiting at the window for the last wave of the hand.
That final word came forth with the minister's expiring breath.
Throwing herself upon her stomach she wormed beneath the tent wall just as Malbihn, with a final word to his men, entered the tent.
His thin lips, like the dies of a machine, stamped out phrases that cut and stung; or again, pursing caressingly about the inchoate sound they articulated, the thin lips shaped soft and velvety things, mellow phrases of glow and glory, of haunting beauty, reverberant of the mystery and inscrutableness of life; and yet again the thin lips were like a bugle, from which rang the crash and tumult of cosmic strife, phrases that sounded clear as silver, that were luminous as starry spaces, that epitomized the final word of science and yet said something more - the poet's word, the transcendental truth, elusive and without words which could express, and which none the less found expression in the subtle and all but ungraspable connotations of common words.
The final word on the whole matter was recently spoken by George C.
He started for the companion stairs, but turned his head for a final word.
Come into the dark room here, and let us have one final word alone.
His final word to me was framed on the same principle.
Carriage to be at the door at two-thirty,' " said Lady Lundie, repeating the final words of the memorandum while she wrote them.
That was how I interpreted his final words when we parted:
Eric Hughes, with his blown blond hair and eager undergraduate face, was just getting into his motor car and saying a few final words to his agent, a sturdy, grizzled man named Gryce.
AIMPLB is only a registered society and what its members say cannot be taken as a final word.
1 Duda 61 Bale 10 Robson-Kanu 81 REFEREE: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) ATTENDANCE: 42,000 THIS regular Monday morning feature is always titled The Final Word, a last analysis of the Saturday afternoon match in which everyone under the sun has had their say.
Reacting to Duterte's statements on Saturday where he hinted his possible presidential bid, Marcos hopes that this will be the mayor's final word on the matter following his on-and-off statements about his presidential intentions.