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last word

the closing remark or comment, as in an argument:
By the rules of debate she would have the last word.
a final or definitive work, statement, etc.:
This report is the last word on the treatment of arthritis.
the latest, most modern thing:
Casual hairdos are the last word this season.
Origin of last word
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But I was most struck with the manner in which the last word, bueno, was spoken.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • He emphasized the last word, and Captain Candage gave him a grateful look.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • And the last word must meet an anxiety that arises out of this very confidence.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • Her voice drops to such a soft key as she utters the last word.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • At any rate, I got in the last word, which was a triumph, though at the expense of my reputation for delicacy of feeling.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole

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