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Slang definitions & phrases for zone out

zone

noun

(also zoner) A person intoxicated with narcotics, esp habitually so; space cadet (1960s+ Narcotics)

verb

To be inattentive; be hazily preoccupied: He zoned so bad he didn't even hear the teacher call his name/ I was kind of zonin', checking things out (1980s+)

[fr ozone, ''a very high level of the atmosphere'']


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Idioms and Phrases with zone out

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. [ ; second half of 1900s ]
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