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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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Three years spent in the underground making a life for himself, waiting for the big man to give him the word.
He's also got a girlfriend, but he says he'll finish with her the minute I give him the word.
When asked whether Perot will ever take questions, he replied: ``I will certainly give him the word that the press misses him.
God promises to give him the words and symbolically places words into Jeremiah's mouth by touching it with a hand.
But Jesus will be with Paul and give him the words to say.