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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?
  2. (geography) A deteriorating area surrounding a central business district.
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VerbEdit

twilight zone ‎(third-person singular simple present twilight zones, present participle twilight zoning, simple past and past participle twilight zoned)

  1. To put or place into an indeterminate position; to be in an ambiguous, undetermined, or improper context.
    • 1989, Jack Kendall, Playing for Keeps
      Sometimes I think she's really a gym teacher twilight-zoned into the corridors of government. I'm always surprised to see that it's a gold, clipless Cross pen she's carrying and not a gym whistle.
  2. To daydream or zone out; to cease attention to one's surroundings.
    • 1997, James Patterson, Cat & Mouse
      "I've been distant and into myself all night," I said. "The kids say I get twilight zoned."

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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.

VerbEdit

twilight zone ‎(third-person singular simple present twilight zones, present participle twilight zoning, simple past and past participle twilight zoned)

  1. (intransitive) To experience or perceive something bizarre or fantastic.
  2. (intransitive) To behave or occur in a confusing or unexpected manner.
    • 2011, David H., Beddington Registry Service review, Yelp
      The service is likely from a bad twilight zone episode. [...] I did get what I required but I had to ask lots of questions as the communication was Twilight Zoning often.
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