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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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last word, to have the

To have the final say in a decision, or the closing rejoinder in a debate. This term is very old indeed, dating from the sixteenth century. One version, by Ben Jonson in his play A Tale of a Tub (1633), became a proverb: “He will have the last word though he talk bilk for it.—Bilk! What’s that?—Why nothing: a word signifying Nothing; and borrowed here to express nothing.” More recently, the New York Times played on the expression in a headline over an article about lexicographers: “In Land of Lexicons, Having the Last Word” (March 19, 2005).
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It happens sometimes that a fresh point has been raised in argument on which a party has not been heard, and although having the last word is important, exceptionally a party can be allowed to make further submissions, in line with the well-known principle of hear the other side: audi alteram partem in Latin .
But we had to put up with late delivery or some finer details being missed out altogether by the tailor who believed in having the last word.
Trial judges, Sankovitz said, are often used to having the last word, at least until the court of appeals steps in.
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It takes strength to walk away from a stressful situation, it takes strength to be okay with not having the last word. It might not give the most satisfaction but it is fulfilling and gives peace of mind and who would not want that?
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But having the last word, Laura tells him: "I just want you to realise, with Kendall as well as Rosie now, they are both really good girls, they really liked you, obviously they wouldn't pine after you in that way and forgive you if they didn't.
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"We are also interested in the idea of a pilgrimage because we feel it creates the time to talk and have real discusions, whereas a lot of the talking that goes on online is about having the last word; it's about arguments rather than discussion."
But it seems Evasco may end up having the last word - a memorandum he submitted to President Duterte on Monday, laying out his view that the NFA administrator has some explaining to do, is being reported on by the media.
Replaced instead with fights where neither party listens to the other and where "winning" has become having the last word rather than putting in the work to back up opinions with facts or logic.
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He's learning to communicate from spirit but, rest assured, he walks with you still having the last word.
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