[Idiom] lord it over...

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[FONT=&quot]What does this phrase mean?

"But hell if I’m going to let you lord it over me from eternity." [/FONT]
 

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I'm not going to allow you to act in a superior manner to me forever. I won't let you act as though you are better/smarter/etc. than me.
 

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:up: The 'hell if I'm going to' makes it a bit more insistent and heartfelt, I think :)

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Thank you! However, where exactly does, "lord it over from eternity", come from. I googled it and didn't come up with very much.
 

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Thank you! However, where exactly does, "lord it over from eternity", come from. I googled it and didn't come up with very much.

"For (all) eternity makes more sense to me than from eternity.
 

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:up: 'From eternity' doesn't make any sense in this context (as the speaker is talking about future behaviour). I've met 'from all eternity' - in a Victorian hymn, I think. That sense is more often rendered now by the idiom 'from time immemorial'.

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I agree that "for" makes more sense than "from" at least in this context, so in that light would it be safe to assume that the author of the sentence just made a typo? And, would "from" make sense out of context (i.e. can this idiom be used to express a thought in another situation perhaps)? Or is the word "from" just wrong?

Thanks!!
 
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