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time warp

1. In science fiction, an occurrence of traveling forward or backward through time. The scientists activated a time warp so that Thompson could stop the war from ever happening. Traveling into the black hole acted as a time warp, sending us several millennia into the future.
2. A person, place, or thing that manifests the characteristics or aesthetics of a previous time period. The restaurant is a true time warp, delivering an authentic 1950s diner experience to its customers. The film is an odd mashup—a time warp in appearance and aesthetic to the likes of Casablanca, while having the graphic language and gore of modern R-rated fare.
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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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time warp

A distortion of space/time causing a person to remain stationary or travel back and forth in time. Originating in the mid-1900s in science fiction, the term soon was used about people or things who seemed to be caught in a particular stage of the past. Thus, Modern Railways used it in February 1986: “The collapse of the Advanced Passenger Train project has left InterCity services on the West Coast main line in a 1970 ‘time warp.’”
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This poignant time-warp teen-comedy is awash with his music about love and chasing one's dreams.
This is great for style historians or would-be designers looking out for time-warp decor inspiration.
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The musical extravaganza will feature all of its famous musical classics including the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp.
Doors and door-ways can be like a strange time-warp, erasing the thoughts you had in the room you came from when you arrive in the new room on the other side.
? KIRSTY Allsop seems to have been the victim of some kind of time-warp where she believes she's in 1952.
The 360 cubic inch V8 is a bit of drinker, but this is an unmolested, time-warp car with just Henry's name in the registration papers.
I had a lovely lunch in a place called the The Butterfly and the Pig in Glasgow and it was a time-warp of mis-matched chairs, beat-up tables from the Barras and swirly wallpaper.
Hirshman's article caused a splash from the blogosphere to The New York Times, where David Brooks described her piece as an "unapologetic blast of 1975 time-warp feminism" and lamented her equation of careers with human flourishing, concluding his column with an unapologetic blast of 1955 time-warp feminine mystique: "Power is in the kitchen."
Media reports on General Synod's decision to defer the vote on the issue of same-sex blessings brought to mind a collection of dithering old traditionalists caught in a time-warp.
And what are all these other people doing-little whirls of couples moving counterclockwise around the room to the time-warp sounds of Osvaldo Pugliese's orchestra?
Chile's rustic port city Valparaiso seems stuck in a time-warp, like San Francisco in the United States during the 1950s: A labyrinth of streets; dilapidated, quirky architecture built into the hillsides; rackety elevator cars climbing sloping hills to panoramic views of the Pacific; the obligatory stray dog waiting at each corner.
The big centre half, who scored a late consolation goal for Albion, accused Rotherham fans of being stuck in a time-warp.
This anxiously unhip and dislocating soundtrack hits the right time-warp note for an exhibition that fills the spaces and corridors of the ICA with a mixture of up-to-the-minute art, meteorite fragments, bad-taste space-shuttle jokes ("What does NASA stand for?" "Need Another Seven Astronauts"), scientific and pseudoscientific ephemera, and some piquant, specially prepared slogans by Paul Virilio.