have a word

have a word with

Speak with, discuss with, as in Jerry asked to have a word with you, or I must have a word with Bill about the repairs. This expression, from the late 1400s, was at one time used interchangeably with have words with, but it no longer is.
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have a ˈword (with somebody) (about something)

have a short conversation about something, especially in private: Can I have a word, Marie? It’s about Jane.
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have a word with

To have a brief conversation with (someone); speak to.
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