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time warp

a hypothetical eccentricity in the progress of time that would allow movement back and forth between eras or that would permit the passage of time to be suspended.
Origin of time warp
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • time warp: The hole in time the time machine goes through to reach another time.

    Mars Confidential Jack Lait
  • Mryna felt a twist of vertigo as the shuttle shifted from conventional speed into a time warp.

    The Guardians Irving Cox
British Dictionary definitions for time warp

time warp

any distortion of space-time
a hypothetical distortion of time in which people and events from one age can be imagined to exist in another age
(informal) an illusion in which time appears to stand still: he is living in a time warp
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Slang definitions & phrases for time warp

time warp

noun phrase

A blank, an inordinate rapidity or slowness, a blatant discontinuity, a seeming anachronism, or some other anomaly of time: The case of five people indicted more than four years ago has been ''lost in a time warp'' of delays, state prosecutors say

[1954+; fr science-fiction notions of instantaneous eons and the like, devised to legitimize travel over enormous distances within conceivable and dramatically useful periods of time, and based on Albert Einstein's concept of ''curved space'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with time warp

time warp

A stoppage in the passage of time; also, a distortion of time whereby an event or person could hypothetically move from one era to another. For example, Nothing in their lives has changed since the sixties; they're in a time warp, or Having a seventy-year-old actress portray a teenager—that was some time warp! This term originated in science fiction, where it signifies “a supernatural movement from one era to another,” and came to be used more loosely. [ c. 1950 ]
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