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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

1. To lose focus or stop paying attention to something, usually unintentionally. The term can be used to indicate that someone has focused on one thing to the exclusion of all other stimuli. 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.
2. To intentionally ignore or block out certain stimuli, distractions, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "zone" and "out." When you're playing, you have to zone out everything except what's happening on the field. I know Aunt Lula can be aggravating, but she's only here for a few days, so just try to zone her out.
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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 zonal chairmen also said 'the continuous change of party structures or officers without due respect and/or recourse to the constitution of our great party is very rife', describing such as scandalous and abnormal.
Gary Neville: "I'm not a fan of zonal marking because what you're asking for is instinctive thinking at different moments in the match depending on where people stand.
Carragher lamented: "I'm sick of hearing people talk about zonal marking.
Empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) of a) gridded pressure-level data of either geopotential height anomalies (Baldwin and Dunkerton 2001; Baldwin 2001) or zonal wind anomalies (Limpasuvan et al.
Coventry City defender Jordan Clarke is a key man in the team's zonal marking system at set-pieces.
Starting with Patna, Honda will continue to expand zonal offices to reach closer to customers and also to connect, communicate and create faster for Indian market in a planned manner",said Mr.
Rahul had taken a critical view of the functioning of the zonal heads as several of them had failed to visit even the district headquarters under their charge.
A five-day pass will get you into all five zonal games and cost pounds 40.
Summary: Rafa Benitez will not change Liverpool's zonal marking system that many have blamed for their Champions League defeat to Chelsea.
It examines the interaction between zonal and integrated management approaches and the conservation of marine living resources and marine biological diversity as well as the limitations of the traditional zonal approach, and suggests new strategies for conformity between sovereign states, international law and sustainable development.
The zonal model was developed to study the interaction between the terminal unit and the rest of the room, including the floor and the roof (Lebrun 1970; Laret 1980; Howarth 1980, 1985; Sandberg and Lindstrom 1987; Ngendakumana 1988; Allard et al.
MUCH was made of Liverpool's zonal marking at set pieces when Rafael Benitez first arrived.
The colors are not as vibrant, perhaps, as the strong reds and pinks in the more common zonal or fish geraniums -- those familiar subjects for terra cotta pots.
BRYAN Robson has urged Sven Goran Eriksson to scrap his zonal marking system for today's clash against Ecuador.
Teams began playing well With a flat-back line and zonal marking based upon patience and jockeying skills.