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have the final word

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 word. David is so smug and always has to have the final word 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 word on the layout design for every issue.
See also: final, have, word
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But even with 10 men, the Reds cruised to the finish line with Roberto Firmino having the final word with his first Premier League goal since September.
Will Safe claimed try number five for Gloucester and in a free-scoring finale, the Scarlets crossed for two dazzling scores - one courtesy of a dummy and sidestep from Evans and another by scrum-half Aled Davies with Gloucester having the final word through Matt Scott.
Ordinarily you don't care about having the final word. In fact, you've escaped from many a battle by your willingness to walk away at the right time.
Lord B almost always insists on having the final word. I wondered what angle he would take in any response.
When news came through of Glasgow's fourth try late on, the Ospreys desperately tried to conjure up a score of their own, but there was no way through, with Connacht having the final word through prop Buckley.
The goals continued to flow with Keeley slapping his second in the 51st minute, then Scott Ward tipping in a Campbell bullet and Sykes having the final word.
Kalyoncu not being promoted as commander of land forces and what he says was not surprising was the government having the final word on the YAE[currency] decisions, as it had in the previous two YAE[currency] meetings.
That set up a goal rush with County having the final word.
Most organizations that ZingTrain helps with this process use consultative decision-making: getting input from throughout the organization on what sets the organization apart and why people like working there, with the leadership team having the final word on what makes the list.
And if Aoun's role holds a special flavor within such developments, in view of his clinging to the claim that he represents the Christians, such clinging targets exactly the constitutional role of Christian representation through the President of the Republic, as his clinging to having the final word in forming the government targets the constitutional role of Sunni representation through the Prime Minister.
It ended with the sort of drama that makes memories, Shola Ameobi having the final word of a stunning tie.
And despite enjoying the better of the third quarter, pulling back a try through captain for the day Aaron Carpenter, they shipped three more tries in another eight-minute spell of mayhem before having the final word when a length-of-thefield move was finished off by James Lewis.
Hugo Rodallega put the Latics in front with a fine finish but Carlos Tevez produced an impudent back-heel within minutes of his arrival as a substitute, with Carrick having the final word.
Just as Capello is unlikely to forget Harry Redknapp's supposed disrespect, Faldo relished having the final word in his spat with Colin Montgomerie.