on (one's) say-so(redirected from on their say so)
on (one's) say-so
With or according to someone'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?"
on someone's say-so
on someone's authority; with someone's permission. I can't do it on your say-so. I'll have to get a written request. Bill: I canceled the contract with the A.B.C. Company. Bob: On whose say-so?
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.