last word


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last word

n.
1. The final statement in a verbal argument.
2.
a. A conclusive or authoritative statement or treatment: The report was considered to be the last word on the hazards of smoking.
b. Power or authority of ultimate decision: The treasurer has the last word in all financial matters.
3. Informal The newest or most fashionable example of its kind; the latest thing: a food processor that is the last word in kitchen equipment.

last′ word′


n.
1. the closing remark or comment, as in an argument.
2. a final or definitive work, statement, etc.: This book is the last word on the topic.
3. the latest, most modern thing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.last word - the final statement in a verbal argument; "she always gets the last word"
argument, statement - a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
2.last word - an authoritative statement; "my doctor has the last word on the medicines I take"
authority - an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
3.last word - elegance by virtue of being fashionablelast word - elegance by virtue of being fashionable
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
dapperness, jauntiness, nattiness, rakishness - stylishness as evidenced by a smart appearance
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He cried her name sharply, like a man who has taken a physical hurt, and that was the last word that either of them spoke until they reached Thymebury Junction.
and not wasting another thought on me) that I am permitted to retail the very last word about their hero and mine.
Will rose from his chair with the last word and went--he hardly knew where; but it was to the projecting window nearest him, which had been open as now about the same season a year ago, when he and Dorothea had stood within it and talked together.
Perhaps," I said, for Bruno had twisted up the last word into a sort of question, and was looking at me for an answer.
They had laughed over that last word as if the idea it suggested was a most preposterous one, but they had held to their resolve, and whenever they could get on without help they did so, and no one interfered, for Mrs.
Pray, Emma," said he, "may I ask in what lay the great amusement, the poignant sting of the last word given to you and Miss Fairfax?
There remained only his memory and his Intended--and I wanted to give that up too to the past, in a way,--to surrender personally all that remained of him with me to that oblivion which is the last word of our common fate.
he added, muttering the last word to himself in irrepressible rage.
For a mere moment, Wrayburn turned his eyes aside from the schoolmaster to note the effect of the last word on Mortimer, who, standing on the opposite side of the fire, as soon as the word was spoken, turned his face towards the fire and looked down into it.
he spoke this last word with particular emphasis as if in it lay the gist of the matter.
And now,' said Daniel, looking at his watch, 'as time and tide wait for no man, my trusty partner, and as I am ready for starting, bag and baggage, at the gate below, let me say a last word.
I have now a last word of warning to give you--and then I have done.