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comfort zone

1. A place, activity, situation, or psychological state in which a person feels free from anxiety and is within their of ability, experience, security, and/or control. Though it is often outside your comfort zone, traveling to foreign countries gives you a much greater perspective on how other people in the world live. The new job is a little out of my comfort zone, but it will give me a great opportunity to see what I'm truly capable of.
2. The temperature range wherein the human body feels naturally comfortable, being neither too hot nor too cold. Many retired Americans, being more sensitive to the cold, settle in Florida, where the balmy weather better suits their comfort zones.
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friend zone

1. noun Where someone is said to be when the object of their affection only sees them as a friend, rather than as a potential romantic partner. This term is usually (but not always) applied to males. If Bella cries to you about all of her bad dates but never asks you out, I'm afraid you're in the friend zone, dude.
2. verb To treat someone who is romantically interested in one as a friend, rather than as a potential romantic partner. When used as a verb, this phrase is usually written as one word. Why are you friendzoning Zack? He's a good guy, you should go out with him.
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twilight zone

An ambiguous area between the boundaries of two concepts, conditions, etc.; a gray area. The phrase originated before it became the title of the popular television show. Unfortunately, his citizenship status is in the twilight zone now that the courts are reviewing the legality of the immigration restrictions. Jeff and I somehow ended up holding hands at the movie last night, and now we're in this weird twilight zone between friendship and dating.
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in the zone

In a state in which one can or feels as though one can perform with exceptional focus, skill, and energy. I'm not the best chess player in the world, but when I'm in the zone, I feel unstoppable. Their goal tender has been in the zone all game long. Nothing has gotten by her!
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zone out

To lose focus or stop paying attention to something, usually unintentionally. I think I must have zoned out during that lecture, because when it was over I realized I didn't remember anything the professor said. Jerry kind of zones out when he plays video games, so you have to be really loud to get his attention.
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zone something as something

to create a particular legally defined area within a governmental or other local area. They zoned this area as a shopping district. The city council zoned the vacant lot as a park.
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zone something for something

to specify what can be built or what can be done within a particular legally defined area within a governmental area. Did the council zone this area for business? They zoned this area for residences.
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zone something off

to create a special regulatory zone in an area. The council zoned part of the land off for a park. They zoned off land for a park.
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zone out

Stop paying attention, dissociate oneself from a situation. Also, engage in a mindless activity. For example, When Felicia starts talking about her ailments and her friends' ailments, I totally zone out . This idiom also occurs in the passive, be zoned out. It originally alluded to narcotic intoxication and then was broadened to other kinds of dissociation. For a near synonym, see tune out, def. 2. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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zone for

v.
To restrict some section of an area or territory to some specific use: That area used to be farmland until the city zoned it for industrial use. That entire block is zoned for residences, so you can't open a business there.
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zone off

v.
To restrict or reserve a section of some area or territory: The city zoned off these blocks for commercial use. The police zoned the town hall off from vehicular traffic.
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zone out

v. Slang
1. To lose concentration or become inattentive: I sensed the class was zoning out, so I started talking louder.
2. To lose awareness of one's surroundings: An hour after I took the cough syrup, I lay back in bed and zoned out.
3. To refuse to pay attention to someone or something; ignore someone or something: The athlete zoned out the jeering crowd and made the free-throw shot. Every time I try to give you advice, you zone out everything I say.
4. To cause someone or something to lose awareness of one's surroundings: The medication that I take zones me out.
5. To exclude someone or something by restricting a section of an area or territory: Farmers complain that the government has zoned them out of the best farmland. The city zoned out adult entertainment companies.
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in the O-zone

mod. dead; on the verge of death; showing the O-sign. (With the mouth hanging open, like the letter O.) This patient is in the O-zone. Ready to go at any minute.

in the Q-zone

mod. dead; on the verge of death; with the mouth showing the Q-sign. Look at that tongue hanging out. This guy’s in the Q-zone.

war zone

n. an area where things get rough; a tough neighborhood. Unfortunately our offices are in a war zone, and we have to be on the way home before dark.
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zoned (out)

1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. What’s the matter with your eyes? Get a little zoned last night?
2. mod. exhausted. After a day like this, I’m really zoned.
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zoned

verb
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in the zone

Informal In a state of focused attention or energy so that one's performance is enhanced: a goalie who was in the zone throughout the playoffs.
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The New York City zoning authorities have been dynamically rewriting zoning ordinances over the past five years, creating new waterfront neighborhoods, as well as protecting existing residential communities from higher density development.
In this respect zoning has followed economic demand and the political will of the city's residents.
While there is always potential conflict and unfairness at the fringes of any zoning ordinance, the majority has been well served by the methods and practices of New York City's government officials.
Laguarta was one of the people responsible for drafting the zoning ordinance, so his renunciation of the plan carried particular weight.
We know that certain kinds of church activities can be prohibited under zoning such as 'accessory uses' which, in zoned cities, are not protected by the first amendment but are protected in unzoned Houston by property rights.
Like our planning initiatives and public outreach efforts, the picture tells the story--we have included illustrations that help the user visualize typical development that might occur in each zoning district.
The new handbook contains innovative graphics illustrating typical buildings each zoning district produces with improved explanatory captions; color photographs of buildings that typify zoning districts in neighborhoods throughout the city; tables for every zoning district listing applicable bulk regulations including height and setback, parking and yard requirements and minimum lot size.
The Zoning Board of Appeals denied the application, relying on evidence submitted by objecting neighbors that the subdivision would negatively impact the character of the neighborhood: a modem home in a distinctively neo-Tudor neighborhood and a home located 40 feet from another home when average distance between other homes is 50 feet, as well as concerns regarding traffic and parking problems.
The trial court affirmed the determination of the Zoning Board of Appeals, but the Appellate Division, Second Department, reversed, finding that the determination was not supported by substantial evidence.
The new zoning will place controls on zoning lot mergers and constrain the transfer of unused development rights from existing buildings.
It will also tighten the rules governing the development of split lots that straddle zoning districts.
Even if sophisticated borrowers commence the zoning clue diligence very early in the due diligence period, results will be mixed with each municipality.
Some refuse to issue any statement whatsoever with respect to zoning.
These applications were filed under Section 72-01(b) of the Zoning Resolution.
As presently drafted, the New York City Zoning Resolution does not provide any relief to the owners of one-family residences who may, for practical reasons, require a bulk variance.