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.
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How to use time warp in a sentence
Walking into the headquarters of Company in midtown Manhattan felt like being in a time warp, in which a deadly airborne virus hadn’t yet changed life as we know it.A hospitality manager’s tip on how to entice workers back to the office | Anne Quito | June 17, 2021 | Quartz
WHERE TO EAT: For lunch, enter the time warp that is Crown Candy Kitchen (don't pass on the sundaes).Get Cultured on Your Weekend Getaway: Best Trips for Art Lovers | Condé Nast Traveler | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No throwback eyeglasses or filters on my photos to give the impression of a time warp.Famous for Not Being Famous: Enough About ‘Stoner’ | Drew Smith | October 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As rumors swirl about William and Kate, Andrew Morton says the whole thing feels like a time warp.
Mryna felt a twist of vertigo as the shuttle shifted from conventional speed into a time warp.The Guardians | Irving Cox
time warp: The hole in time the time machine goes through to reach another time.Mars Confidential | Jack Lait
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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