One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorthern English, Scottish
Superiority or mastery.‘you've not always the owerance over your doings’
- ‘They handed out a rough sort of justice in the lands where they had owerance.’
- ‘My mates all say that they must have t'owerance or the world will go to rot.’
- ‘The lovely dialect here is a speech markedly not seeking t'owerance.’
Mid 16th century: from over + -ance.
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