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have the final say

1. To say the final words in an argument or discussion, especially ones that decisively or conclusively end it. The whole meeting just descended into chaos as everyone tried to have the final say. David is so smug and always has to have the final say in every debate.
2. To have the authority to decide how something ultimately happens or is done. As the editor in chief, I have the final say on the layout design for every issue.
See also: final, have, say
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"It would be a disgrace to democracy to impose no-deal on this country without the public having the final say, especially now that we know so much more about the consequences, particularly in the farming and agricultural sector as this new report highlights.
Within two days of Benitez no longer having the final say on transfer deals the story The Chronicle ran earlier in the summer that Benitez would have had to sell to buy is now borne out for all to see.
Sub Stephen Sherlock also registered for the Rebels as the game petered out, with McSweeney having the final say with his third.
Indeed, with Benitez having the final say on transfers, United won't be able to sign any new faces without his approval without breaching his current contract.
Wanika Fisher, a committee member, said an increase in the time for parole eligibility should be coupled with passage of pending legislation to remove the governor from having the final say in parole decisions.
Respondents were asked whether they "support the British public having the final say on the Brexit deal".
The dawn of the grim truth is why a Populus poll for pro-European group Best for Britain finds that 65% of voters support the British public having the final say on the reality of going or staying.
Notts County chairman Alan Hardy said: "Harry will be solely responsible for our first-team squad, having the final say on transfers, tactics and team selection.
Two late chances fell to Brazil substitute Roberto Firmino, but the Liverpool forward lashed the ball over before drawing a reaction save from Sommer with a close-range header, and Miranda almost made amends for his failure to mark Zuber earlier but fired wide from 18 yards as Switzerland held on for a deserved point that was secured when a Fabian Schar block prevented Coutinho from having the final say.
Having the final say, she ended her clapback thus: 'Btw (by the way) I worked hard for this.
That is why I have always believed it to be right that any head coach or manager should totally involved in the recruitment of players with them having the final say. After all, if you are going be sacked for results it might as be for your own decisions rather than anyone else's.
It is to change the law from the state having control of our children to the parents having the final say on what should happen to their children in cases such as baby Alfie's.
Two tries in the third quarter for OEs pulled the score back to 28-19, but a Titchener penalty and his conversion of a Cameron Gray try in the space of two minutes took the home side clear again for an excellent win - OEs having the final say with a converted try four minutes from time.
Neill has now been invited to make a formal bid with the Trust's 250 members having the final say.