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English definition of “have the last word on something”

have the last word on something

(also have the final word on something)
to be the person who makes a decision without asking anyone else: Carol has the last word on whether we go.
(Definition of have the last word on something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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