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say-so

A command issued to permit or authorize something. We'll have to get the boss's say-so for any budgetary requests like this. OK, troops. Wait behind this ridge until my say-so, then begin the attack at full force.

say-so

n. a command; an authorization; permission. We can begin as soon as we get the boss’s say-so.
References in classic literature ?
Why didn't you come out and say so? Do you want to spread it all over?"
I was now about ten years old, and began to look a little womanish, for I was mighty grave and humble, very mannerly, and as I had often heard the ladies say I was pretty, and would be a very handsome woman, so you may be sure that hearing them say so made me not a little proud.