noun Date: 1637 1. a. one's unsupported assertion or assurance b. an authoritative pronouncement <
left the hospital on the say-so of his doctor
2. a right of final decision ; say <
has the ultimate say-so on what will be taught

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • say-so — n informal 1.) sb s say so someone s permission to do something ▪ You can t leave the hospital without the say so of the doctor. 2.) on sb s say so based on someone s personal statement without any proof ▪ She s hired a number of people on my say …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • say-so — say ,so noun singular INFORMAL permission from someone to do something: He can t do anything without his father s say so. on someone s say so based on what someone says, but without any proof from them: The police won t investigate the claim on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • say-so — If you do something on someone else s say so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • say-so — ► NOUN (usu. on someone s say so) informal 1) the power to decide or allow something. 2) an arbitrary assertion or command …   English terms dictionary

  • say-so — say′ so n. pl. say sos 1) one s personal statement or assertion 2) right of final authority 3) an authoritative statement • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • say-so — [sā′sō΄] n. Informal 1. (one s) word, opinion, assurance, etc. 2. right of decision; authority …   English World dictionary

  • say-so — noun (singular) informal 1 someone s permission: Without his say so, you can t leave the hospital. 2 on sb s say so based on someone s personal statement without any proof: Why should I believe it on your say so? …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • say-so — /ˈseɪ soʊ/ (say say soh) noun Colloquial 1. one s personal statement or assertion: *I m willing to take your say so and let things slide – for now, anyway. –ellen bosworth, 1972. 2. final authority. 3. a command …   Australian English dictionary

  • say-so — noun a) Permission. You are not to go into that room without my say so. b) An opinion, or piece of advice I wouldnt buy anything that expensive just on the say so of a saleman. Syn: leave, permi …   Wiktionary

  • say-so — N SING: oft with poss If you do something on someone s say so, they tell you to do it or they give you permission to do it. [INFORMAL] Directors call the shots and nothing happens on set without their say so …   English dictionary

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