lord it over

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1. A man of high rank in a feudal society or in one that retains feudal forms and institutions, especially:
a. A king.
b. A territorial magnate.
c. The proprietor of a manor.
2. Lords The House of Lords.
3. Abbr. Ld. Chiefly British The general masculine title of nobility and other rank:
a. Used as a form of address for a marquis, an earl, or a viscount.
b. Used as the usual style for a baron.
c. Used as a courtesy title for a younger son of a duke or marquis.
d. Used as a title for certain high officials and dignitaries: Lord Chamberlain; the Lord Mayor of London.
e. Used as a title for a bishop.
4. Lord
a. God.
b. Christianity Jesus.
a. A man of renowned power or authority.
b. A man who has mastery in a given field or activity.
c. Archaic The male head of a household.
d. Archaic A husband.
v. lord·ed, lord·ing, lords
To insist upon or boast about so as to act in a domineering or superior manner: "He had lorded over her his self-proclaimed spiritual and poetic superiority" (David Leavitt).
1. To act in a domineering or superior manner: an upperclassman lording over the younger students.
2. To have a prominent or dominating position: The castle lords over the valley.
3. To rule over: lorded over a vast empire.
lord it over
To act in a domineering or superior manner toward: "She's lorded it over me all our adult lives because she went to college" (Jane Stevenson).

[Middle English, from Old English hlāford : hlāf, loaf; see loaf + weard, guardian; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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Verb1.lord it over - act like the master oflord it over - act like the master of; "He is lording it over the students"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
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(loːd) noun
1. a master; a man or animal that has power over others or over an area. The lion is lord of the jungle.
2. (with capital when used in titles) in the United Kingdom etc a nobleman or man of rank.
3. (with capital) in the United Kingdom, used as part of several official titles. the Lord Mayor.
ˈlordly adjective
grand or proud. a lordly attitude.
ˈlordliness noun
ˈLordship noun
(with His, ~Your etc) a word used in speaking to, or about, a man with the title `Lord' and also certain judges who do not have this title. Thank you, Your Lordship.
the Lord
God; Christ.
lord it over
to act like a lord or master towards. Don't think you can lord it over us.
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