have a say in


Also, have a voice in. Have the right or power to influence or make a decision about something. For example, I want to have a say in this matter, or Citizens want to have a voice in their local government. [c. 1600]


have one's say. Express one's views, as in As soon as I've had my say I'll sit down. [Late 1600s]


have the say. Be in command, as in The general has the say over which troops will be sent. [Early 1800s]

Nearby words

  1. have a mind to,
  2. have a nerve,
  3. have a nice day,
  4. have a penchant for,
  5. have a right to,
  6. have a screw loose,
  7. have a shot at,
  8. have a stake in,
  9. have a thing about,
  10. have a thing going

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