twilight zone


Definition of twilight zone

1a : an area just beyond ordinary legal and ethical limits
2 : a world of fantasy or illusion

Examples of twilight zone in a Sentence

a twilight zone between war and peace He gets lost in the twilight zone of video games.
Recent Examples on the Web To me, the twilight zone is more of a feeling than a TV show or a place: a mixture of quaint and eerie, a nostalgic menace. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 In recent years, aquariums in Japan and California have successfully exhibited fish and invertebrates from the ocean’s twilight zone, which extends from about 650 to 3,300 feet below the ocean surface. New York Times, "Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light," 22 Sep. 2020 But no aquarium has housed a collection of animals found beneath the twilight zone. New York Times, "Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light," 22 Sep. 2020 Bolshevik Russia had entered the monetary twilight zone whereby the value of the currency was dropping faster than the central bank could print it. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Inflation and Financial Repression," 27 Aug. 2020 Rather than either continuing to enforce the federal prohibition on marijuana or repealing it outright, federal policymakers have placed marijuana in a legal twilight zone. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "IT pros indicted after arranging credit card payments for weed startup," 8 July 2020 Public trials are supposed to be a way of openly arriving at the truth, but the Guantánamo courtroom is a twilight zone where everyone knows basic facts but no one can speak them. Dror Ladin, Time, "There's So Much We Still Don't Know About the CIA's Torture Program. Here's How the Government Is Keeping the Full Story a Secret," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent overnight freezes brought a reminder that this is still winter, but the prevailing sentiment among my gardening buddies is that we are trapped in a sort of twilight zone autumn that never ended. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "An unsettlingly warm winter unlocks flowering treasures," 19 Feb. 2020 Oyamada, herself a former temp, envisions three young people demoted to the labor twilight zone by job insecurity. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of twilight zone

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of twilight zone was in 1908

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22 Dec 2020

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“Twilight zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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twilight zone


English Language Learners Definition of twilight zone

: a situation or an idea that is unclear or confusing
: a world of fantasy where things are not real

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