since Hector was a pup

since Hector was a pup

old-fashioned Since a long time ago in the past; for a very long time. A reference to the figure in Greek mythology, Trojan son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. This farm has been in our family since Hector was a pup, and you want to just demolish it? How you doing, Jim? I haven't seen you since Hector was a pup!
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since Hector was a pup

A very long time ago. One explanation suggests that the expression might have become popular in the 1920s when many schoolboys studied Greek and had dogs named Hector after the Homeric hero. Another possibility is also rooted in classical studies: according to the playwright Euripides, Hector's mother, Hecuba, was turned into a dog for murdering the killer of her older son; therefore, Hector was the son of a dog, which made him a pup. In any event, the phrase is now obsolete.
See also: pup, since