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Following the 1960 presidential election, time seemed to be moving at warp speed.
The series went from zero to warp speed in less than two hours, which is pretty damn hard to pull off.
Air Force will do everything in its power to get Michigan to ramp itself up to warp speed Saturday, with hopes of getting defenders out of their lanes and off their assignments.
At her ex-husband Ryuhei's (Sugata Shun) recommendation and because in melodrama Alzheimer’s progresses at warp speed, Ryoko checks herself into a nursing home, presumably to die alone.
But one of the things that is great about sports is that things can change, sometimes at warp speed.
Key Senators are ramming the legislation — known as Graham-Cassidy — through the chamber at warp speed.
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Warp speed is an example of a phrase that entered the public consciousness through science fiction and eventually gained enough popularity to end up in the dictionary. The expression was popularized on the science-fiction show Star Trek in the 1960s. On the show, warp speed referred to a specific concept, namely the idea of faster-than-light travel. Within a relatively short period of time, Star Trek gained a devoted and intense following. Fans were soon discussing the fictional concepts of the show, including warp speed, with great enthusiasm. Eventually, the term warp speed was adopted by the general population. In the process, however, it lost its specific fictional meaning and came to mean simply "the highest possible speed."
Origin and Etymology of warp speed
First Known Use: 1977See Words from the same year
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