have the last word

have the last word

1 make or have the right to make the final decision or pronouncement about something. 2 carry out a final and conclusive action in a process or course of events.
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have the last ˈword

make the final point in a discussion or an argument: She always likes to have the last word in any argument.
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Fortunately, the 9th Circuit doesn't have the last word.