- one's personal statement or assertion.
- final authority; directing influence.
- an authoritative statement.
Origin of say-so
First recorded in 1630–40; orig., one's mere word on a matter, as opposed to proof
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Examples from the Web for say-so
Compston managed all this without the say-so of the Courtauld, which sent him a stinging letter.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten
January 17, 2014
Marchman takes it as a given that MLB basing its case on the say-so of a sketchy Floridian drug-dealer is preposterous.Major League Baseball Is Right to Punish the Biogenesis Cheats
Michael Brendan Dougherty
June 6, 2013
For a starter, then, takin' your say-so for it, you're a Southern man?'Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
The Mistress owned the slaves and they couldn't be sold without her say-so.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
I'll back him up in anything, no matter what, if it's his say-so.
If he's willing, we'll take him on your say-so, and snap at the chance.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
"I'll let it go at that on your say-so," Sandy returned, with surprising calmness.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
- an arbitrary assertion
- an authoritative decision
- the authority to make a final decision
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