have the last word

have the last word

To say the final words in an argument or discussion, especially one that decisively or conclusively ends it. Everyone started shouting, trying to have the last word, and the whole meeting just descended into chaos. David is so smug, making a point to have the last word in every debate.
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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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This will help ensure Australian's wishes are properly documented and respected, so they do indeed have the last word.
Fortunately, the 9th Circuit doesn't have the last word.