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the last word

1. The final words in an argument or discussion, especially one that decisively or conclusively ends it. Everyone started shouting, trying to get in the last word, and the whole meeting just descended into chaos.
2. The most recent, modern, or advanced version of something. Typically followed by "in (something)." It may not look like much, but I can assure you that this machine is the last word in neural imaging.
See also: last, word

*last word

 and *final word; *final say
Fig. the final point (in an argument); the final decision (in some matter). (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give some one ~.) The boss gets the last word in hiring. Why do you always have to have the final word in an argument?
See also: last, word

your/the last/final ˈword (on/about something)

your, etc. final decision or statement about something: ‘Will you take £900?’ ‘No, £1 000 and that’s my last word.’Is that your final word on the matter?
See also: final, last, word
References in classic literature ?
Spoken entirely at random, spoken without so much as a fragment of evidence to support them, those last words still had their effect.
Indeed, the Squire's last words deserved to have their effect, for they had been the result of much anxious thought.
If he'll only turn out a brave, helpful, truth-telling Englishman, and a gentleman, and a Christian, that's all I want," thought the Squire; and upon this view of the case he framed his last words of advice to Tom, which were well enough suited to his purpose.
Then Robin stepped to the edge of the scaffold, while the people grew still as death; for they desired to hear the last words uttered to the victims.
These are my last words, dear boys," she said firmly.
Which last words he accompanied and graced with the very action, which, of all others, was the most proper to it.
The actress has many films lined up next year, apart from "The Last Word," such as "The Clapper," "Anon" and an untitled Nash Edgarton Project.
While expressing MPs' desire to see the consultations end in the shortest possible time, Ennaceur wished to recall that the Parliament has the last word on the next government.
It is the last word of God" he triumphantly declared.
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We end Volume 22 with a Last Word interview with Joel McIntosh, who has published this journal, in one form or another, for all of its 22 volumes.
Well you finally did it, your political bent and constant adolescent comments concerning YOUR current president have driven me to "have the last word.
Some cryptic crossword clues call "Amen" the "last word", and that makes me reflect not only on my last words, but on the last words God will say about me.
What all of this grammatical talk means is that, while it appears the Sidonian (1 Kgs 16:31), Jezebel, has the last word, she has not been able to defeat the Word of Yahweh.
Do judges in Canada's Supreme Court have the last word, or is that the privilege of the journalists who choose which cases to cover and how to explain them to a diverse audience?