denoting something whose capacity is greater than is suggested by its exterior appearance
Also as adv.
[1976 Liverpool Echo 23 Dec. 6/6
For those, like me, who always imagined that letters found their way from the four corners of the globe to the appropriate front doors as if transmitted by some Tardis-like magic device devised by a Dr. Who in the Postmaster-General’s office, it was a revelation to discover what goes on before the mail goes out. ]
1984 Motor 12 May 9/1 (advt.)
The line of the new Alfa 33 is a product of advanced mathematics. Computer calculations that created a compact aerodynamic style…and roomy, ‘Tardis’ like interior.
Small family homes that, Tardis-like, have miraculously created the space to accommodate big-boned American families.
McCarthy's Bar viii. 151
Research HistoryAdded to the OED in June 2002.
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