be caught in a time warp

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be caught in a time warp

To remain unchanged from a time in the past, especially in an antiquated or obsolete way. ("Time warp" is sometimes hyphenated.) This town is so entrenched in its backwards ideals and moral values, like it's caught in a time warp or something! There's nothing digital in the house—no computers, no smartphones, just a typewriter and a single rotary telephone. Talk about being caught in a time-warp!
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Watching the film is like being caught in a time warp - not just the period setting, but the safe, old-fashioned film-making style.
Are we, the present-day church, caught in a time warp between the never-to-be-repeated early Christian experience and the far off dream of heaven?
But then, Jordan gets caught in a time warp and is transported back to the cruel time of slavery.
That day it resonated eerily with the barrage of television images showing the aftermath of the terrorist act that destroyed a day-care center: parents and grandparents stood in bedrooms that seemed caught in a time warp, furniture and stuffed animals arranged as if their occupants would return at any moment.