Definition of say-so in English:



  • 1The power or act of deciding or allowing something.

    ‘no new employees come into the organization without his say-so’
    • ‘You should need some extreme persuasion - far more than the directors say-so in the accounts - to decide that a company bleeding cash might be turning a profit.’
    • ‘The UK government is planning the introduction of indefinite detention on a psychiatrist's say-so.’
    • ‘He was in charge of the Bolshoi, this man, and no ballerina could get a job without his say-so.’
    • ‘I don't think people in other departments want to give up the final say-so when it comes to files that they created or may want to refer to sometime in the future.’
    • ‘Start making scenes in his shop and he'll stall you for months with references to far-away bureaucrats without whose say-so nothing can move.’
    • ‘The students had a showdown with police when the university tried to approve the deal without their say-so; 66 students were arrested and are to appear in court next month.’
    • ‘Private individuals have the right to film their own property, and these tapes cannot be passed on without the say-so of the courts.’
    • ‘She makes sure that she has say-so with the storylines as well.’
    • ‘You'll need to have experience in the industry to apply for either scholarship, but you'll need a producer's say-so to apply for the on-the-job training.’
    • ‘He was accused of organising the press conference without the say-so of others in an effort to further ingratiate himself with the media.’
    • ‘He is teaching a child that they have as much or more say-so as their parent, that their parent is on an equal level with them and can be challenged and bargained with to achieve what they desire.’
    • ‘Two years later he tried to move to Switzerland but Swiss police quickly expelled him on the say-so, he believed, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.’
    • ‘Neither can we transfer money from our accounts to the Philippines without the say-so of the bank.’
    • ‘Despite the fevered prattle of conspiracy theorists, the say-so of a few doesn't take America to war and certainly doesn't keep it there.’
    • ‘On the other side, hotels where the staff were disempowered, and couldn't bring me a newspaper without their boss' say-so were dreadful.’
    • ‘Virginia cares a great deal about matching the visual and textual elements - she has let me have a say-so in the selection of all artists and art for our books.’
    • ‘Credit card companies, banks, the phone company, your landlord, your employer, and even the cable guy have likely all had a peep inside your credit file, though none of them could have done it without your say-so.’
    • ‘There can be few other industries in the land whose billions are so dependent on the say-so of such an esoteric and anonymous few.’
    • ‘He and his family used their control of the unions to take over the trucking companies that serviced the garment district, so that few manufacturers could get a delivery or make a shipment without their say-so.’
    • ‘All of this, of course, is contingent upon your say-so.’
    authorization, approval, seal of approval, agreement, consent, assent, permission, endorsement, sanction, ratification, approbation, acquiescence, confirmation, blessing, leave
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    1. 1.1usually on someone's say-so A person's arbitrary or unauthorized assertion or instruction.
      ‘I don't stop on the say-so of anybody's assistant’
      • ‘This is a field where, largely on a consultant paediatrician's say-so, families can be split asunder or parents can be convicted of very serious crimes against their children.’
      • ‘Despite what you might hear, this paper doesn't write stories on the say-so of just any ten year old, but as we'd run out of other inspiration, we thought we'd check this one out.’
      • ‘Rent arrears are overlooked and no one can be thrown out on the say-so of a manager - the site no longer has a manager; it has a social worker.’
      • ‘Yet this commitment does not require us to stop everything and neglect our own defense merely on the say-so of a single foreign government.’
      • ‘I don't expect them to bounce a doctor on his ear just on my say-so, as much as I sometimes wish it were that easy.’
      • ‘There is no indication that they received, or even sought, such information other than the utterly unconvincing say-so of Mr Davis.’
      • ‘This process is similar to constructing a proof in geometry: the author knows the conclusion before writing the proof, but in the proof, the conclusion follows from the logic and not just the say-so of the author.’
      • ‘His intention was to get you lot to try, convict and hang me just on his say-so.’
      order, command, directive, direction, decree, edict, injunction, mandate, dictate, commandment, diktat, demand, bidding, requirement, stipulation, charge, ruling, pronouncement
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