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say the word

to give a signal to begin; to say yes or okay. I'm ready to start any time you say the word. We'll all shout "Happy Birthday!" when I say the word.
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(just) say the word

to tell someone that you want something If you want me to pick up some fish for dinner, just say the word. You only have to say the word and I'll come and help you paint the kitchen.
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say the word

if you tell someone that they only have to say the word and you will do something for them, you mean that you will do it immediately if they ask you You only have to say the word and I'll come and help. Just say the word and the boys'll make sure he never gives you any more trouble.
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I'm not sure that it'll look in fifty or one hundred years like what we think of when we say the word today, but -- yes.
Lindsay (Kelli Williams) was stabbed by an unknown assailant wearing a nun's habit, managing only to say the word "nun" to husband Bobby (Dylan McDermott).
I remember little frustrations, like asking my kindergarten teacher for scissors, but only being able to say the word in Russian.
Linda Mangrobang never thought she would see the day she could say the word ``cancer'' in a sentence that made her smile, but that day was Saturday.
At this point, congregations will be made particularly aware of the extent of change as they recite the words, "Lord, I am not worthy that thou should come under my roof but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.
On the TV series Star Trek, whenever people are hungry, they walk to a terminal and say the word "cake," and within seconds the object of desire materializes out of thin air.
about Reagan, the man who didn't say the word 'AIDS' for seven years.
We even admit this every time we pray that little prayer of the centurion right before Communion: "O Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.
Say the word "nanotube," and everyone assumes you're talking about a cylindrical molecule of carbon.
Just say the word and you are transported to a faraway, exotic, sweet-smelling garden hideaway.
For example, using Talk & Draw Architect, a user can say the word "walls," and the button that activates that drawing function is enabled.
We wanted to be proactive and have a plan in place so we could stop using the land when they say the word.