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say when

This page is about the conversational phrase say when

Meaning

You can use this to ask someone to tell you when to stop, esp. if you're pouring a drink, putting food on a plate, adding salt to food, etc.

For example

  • The barman wasn't sure how much whiskey Bill wanted, so before pouring he said, "Say when."

  • "Say when..."
    "... OK, that's enough. Thanks"

Quick Quiz

The barwoman said, "Say when." She wanted to know

a. when to start pouring

b. when to stop pouring

c. when to start drinking

Contributor: Matt Errey