have a say in

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have a say in

  1. Also, . 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]

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

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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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