Definition of say-so in US English:



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

    ‘no new employees come into the organization without his say-so’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was in charge of the Bolshoi, this man, and no ballerina could get a job without his say-so.’
    • ‘All of this, of course, is contingent upon your say-so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other side, hotels where the staff were disempowered, and couldn't bring me a newspaper without their boss' say-so were dreadful.’
    • ‘He was accused of organising the press conference without the say-so of others in an effort to further ingratiate himself with the media.’
    • ‘Neither can we transfer money from our accounts to the Philippines without the say-so of the bank.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The UK government is planning the introduction of indefinite detention on a psychiatrist's 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She makes sure that she has say-so with the storylines as well.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no indication that they received, or even sought, such information other than the utterly unconvincing say-so of Mr Davis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His intention was to get you lot to try, convict and hang me just on his say-so.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      order, command, directive, direction, decree, edict, injunction, mandate, dictate, commandment, diktat, demand, bidding, requirement, stipulation, charge, ruling, pronouncement
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/ˈseɪ ˌsoʊ//ˈsā ˌsō/