What say (one)?(redirected from what say they?)
What say (one)?
1. What is one's opinion or input regarding what has just been mentioned, discussed, proposed, etc.? An old-fashioned construction reserved for very formal situations or for humorous or dramatic effect. A: "What say the council on this matter?" B: "We stand firmly opposed to it." So, what say you, Jonathan? Will you join our madcap adventure, or stay here in the drudgery of ordinary life?
2. Used to gauge interest in the possibility of one doing something. You know what, it's been a long week for everyone. What say we finish up for the day and go get pizza and beer, on me? What say I go get some Chinese takeout for dinner?
What say you?
What is your opinion? Do you agree or accept? A formal, old-fashioned version of "what do you say," used in modern English primarily for emphatic or humorous effect. This company needs a leader who is not afraid to stand up for what is right, Sarah. What say you—are you up to the challenge? A: "What say you, fellow traveler? Shall we brave the treacherous journey to seek sustenance?" B: "You're such a dork, Tommy. Yes, let's go get some pizza."
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Inf. What did you say? (Widely used.) Tom: My coat is there on the chair. Could you hand it to me? Bob: What say? Tom (pointing): Could you hand me my coat? Sue: Here's your paper. Fred: What say? Sue (louder): Here is your newspaper!
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