give the word

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give (someone) the word

To give an order, make a request, or expressly state a desire for someone to do something or undertake some task. We're ready to begin writing the report whenever you are, so just give us the word, and we'll get going. If the President gives the word, the military could begin airstrikes as early as tomorrow morning.
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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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If they are short of manpower, all they need to do is give us the word and our team of recyclers will work through the night to reduce their stockpiles.
Every day we ask God to give us eyes to see, to give us ears to hear and to give us the words to say," she said.
The scriptwriters give us the words but it's up to us to bring the story to life.
Phenomenally, Fitzgerald is able to give us the words of a woman interviewed in 1993 who forty-six years earlier recovered from tubercular pneumonia after receiving streptomycin.