time cop n.
a member of the time police n.
TAIM KOP NABD: PROSKYOOTR ASKS DETH Patrolm'n Oskr Garth 'v thi Taim Polis w'z arest'd toodei at hiz hom, 4365 9863th Strit, and bookd at 9768th Prisint on tchardg'z 'v Polis-Ekspozh'r.
Time Bum in Fantastic Jan.–Feb. 143/2
Poul Anderson…provided in
The Shield of Time…another meditative time-cops foray into the past, where the gang played pattycake once again with history in order to save some awful new era.
SF Novels of Year in D. Garnett New Worlds 1 251
The tough Time Cop sneered. ‘You're just about to invent a perpetual motion machine.’
Great Lost Inventions in Amazing Stories May 49/1
A group of renegade agents of the Moiety…seek [sic] to change history to prevent the Holocaust…. Time cop Gaspar James leads the Moiety’s efforts.
On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct.–Nov. 230/1
2009 Little White Lies Mar.–Apr. 71/4
[review of the movie Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel] Anna Faris…pops up every now and then as an inept time cop.
C. M. Kornbluth, 'Time Bum'
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from C. M. Kornbluth's "Time Bum" (in the form "taim kop" -- the cite is written in a future dialect).
Suggested by Graham Nelson (email@example.com), 3/16/04. Apparently the title of a 1994 movie (and subsequent TV show and tie-ins); Google has a large number of hits for the word, even allowing for the various media.
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