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give the word

Also, say the word. Give an order, tell or show when something is to be done, as in If you want us to move out, just give the word, or When you want the car, just say the word. The first expression, dating from about 1400, originally alluded to uttering a password in response to a sentinel's challenge. The second is even older, appearing in an early translation of the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus: "And God said the word to Abraham."
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The medieval belief that left-handed folk were possessed by the Devil gave us the word sinister - Latin for left.
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The culture that gave us the word patio intended it as a place for easy living.
But it was refined into a sport, even a noble art, by ancient civilisations, including the Greeks, who included it in the Olympic Games of 688 BC, and the Romans, who gave us the word "pugilism".