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twilight zone

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

twilight zone (plural twilight zones)

  1. A region or context located in between others and therefore not subject to their norms.
    • 1911, Case and Comment
      As to this right, therefore, the people have expressly created a twilight zone, in which neither nation nor state can act.
    • 1978, Cornelius Cole Smith, Fort Huachuca: The Story of a Frontier Post
      They were interesting because they represented a sort of twilight zone separating the "old days" from modern times.
    • 1999, Grant Gilmore, Security Interests in Personal Property‎
      ...the classification scheme related to goods which lay in a "twilight zone" between consumer goods and equipment or between inventory and farm products.
    • 2006, Charles C Marshall, The Roman Catholic Church in the Modern State
      But is there not a twilight zone over which both Church and State put forth claims?
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From the anthology television series The Twilight Zone, first aired in 1959.

NounEdit

twilight zone (plural twilight zones)

  1. (figuratively) a region in which surreal, supernatural, or fantastic events occur
    • 1996 Christopher Lloyd, "Mixed Doubles," Frasier, Season 4, Episode 6 (originally aired 19 November 1996), spoken by Martin Crane (John Mahoney)
      Oh, I can't talk right now, Duke. I'm in the twilight zone.
    • 1998 Eric Chaisson, The Hubble wars: astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, Harvard University Press, p337
      Ground controllers were uncertain for some agonizing hours what had happened to the spacecraft [...] "We have entered the twilight zone," dead-panned one jaded engineer.
    • 2009 Steve Sisgold, What's Your Body Telling You?: Listening To Your Body's Signals to Stop Anxiety, Erase Self-Doubt and Achieve True Wellness, McGraw-Hill Professional, p103
      Suddenly, to her astonishment and mine, it turned black and blue! I wondered if we'd just entered the twilight zone.