have the final word

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have the final/last word

1. to say the last statement in a discussion or argument Tim can't bear to lose an argument. He always has to have the last word.
2. to make the final decision about something (usually + on ) Our head chef has the final word on what is served each week.
See also: final, have, word
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Fortunately, the 9th Circuit doesn't have the last word.