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I need <something> yesterday?

For couple of times, mostly in movies, I realized that yesterday is commonly used for future. Here is an example sentence:

I want it done. I want it done yesterday!

So, what is the exact meaning of yesterday here? Is it used here in order to express the urgency of the situation? If so, what separates it from right now?

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Shouldn't it be "I wanted it done yesterday?" –  Thursagen Jun 11 '11 at 10:57
    
@Ham if it was 'I wanted it done yesterday?', there would be no point to ask :) –  tugberk Jun 11 '11 at 11:29

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I think it's to emphasize that something needs to be done with such urgency that actually you wanted it to have been already done -- yesterday. In other words, "I want it right now, in fact, it would have been better if you had already done it yesterday."

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thanks. Also it is used in such an angry manner most of the time. –  tugberk Jun 11 '11 at 7:24

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