on one's say-so

on (one's) say-so

With or according to one's authorization or permission. Although I'm the manager of this department, I can only make changes to the way things run on the general manager's say-so. A: "We're going to start transferring the funds into the new account." B: "On whose say-so?"
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on one's say-so

According to one's authority, as in I'm reorganizing the files on the boss's say-so, or You can skip the exam? On whose say-so? The noun say-so, dating from about 1630, originally meant simply "saying something," that is, an assertion (without authority or proof). By the early 1800s it had acquired its present meaning.
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