American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal An unsupported statement or assurance.
- n. Informal An authoritative expression of permission or approval.
- n. Informal The right or authority to decide.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A saying or assertion; especially, an authoritative declaration; a command.
- n. A personal assertion; an expression of individual opinion; hence, mere report; rumor.
- n. the power or right to give orders or make decisions
- n. an authoritative declaration
- n. one chap's arbitrary assertion
“What did surprise me was the number of letters from readers who were put off by my willingness to give my husband broad say-so in terms of my discretionary spending.”
“We don't have the final say-so – therefore we do not judge.”
“They have the authority (and the numbers) to bring the issue to the floor without Quinn's say-so.”
“Abuse is easy because no proof is needed – an alleged blasphemer can be locked up, and even executed, on the say-so of witnesses.”
“In fact, District residents are the only group of American citizens who pay federal taxes and contribute national guard troops to Afghanistan who are denied any say-so in how our government operates.”
“What we need is for established writers, one's who have enough say-so, to start writing YA fiction about other races.”
“On the say-so of economists, Congress has spent upwards of $1 trillion to "stimulate" an economy that remains unstimulated.”
“We're thinking of people like fund managers Bill Miller and Eddie Lampert, who were holders of Fannie and Freddie stock, as they later made known, partly on Mr. Paulson's say-so.”
“Umpires' calls are what philosophers of language call "performative utterances"—their say-so is what makes it so.”
“This will be but a say-so parcel, it being principally intended to cheat the post-office, and you must forward the enclosed letters according to their directions.”
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