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glued to the spot

Unable to move, usually due to fear or surprise. Primarily heard in UK. I wanted to run when I saw the car headed towards me, but my legs just wouldn't move—I was glued to the spot.
See also: glue, spot

glued to (someone or something)

1. Following or staying very close to someone, especially in an annoying or clingy way. We thought Sarah would love the freedom of running around the beach on her own, but she's been glued to us all day.
2. Giving something one's complete attention, and ignoring everything else. He's been glued to that book for the entire camping trip. I wish he would take a break and enjoy the scenery. Conor's kids are always glued to the television. They don't even say hello when we come over.
See also: glue

glue something down

to fix something down onto something with cement. Glue the edge of the rug down before someone trips over it. You should glue down the rug.
See also: down, glue

glue something on(to) something

 and glue something to something; glue something on
to attach something to something else with cement. Please glue the binding onto this book. Someone pulled it off. Please glue on the binding.
See also: glue, on

glue something together

to attach the pieces of something together with glue. She glued the pieces of the model plane together. She glued together all the loose pieces.
See also: glue, together

glued to someone or something

Fig. following someone everywhere; very close to or touching something. His little sister was glued to him all afternoon. Finally he sent her home.
See also: glue

your eyes glued to something


your eyes glued on something

Someone with their eyes glued to something or glued on something, is watching it with all their attention. Her eyes glued to the screen of her laptop, Kate did not notice the room growing dark. People stood in groups, their eyes glued to the TV and a look of disbelief on their faces. The boys sat politely on the gym floor, their eyes glued on the special visitor. Note: You can also keep your eyes glued to something or glued on something. I just kept my eyes glued to the road. I kept my eyes glued on the door, just waiting for him to come.
See also: eye, glue, something

be ˈglued to something

(informal) give all your attention to something; stay very close to something: He spends every evening glued to the TV.Her eyes were glued to the screen (= she did not stop watching it).
See also: glue, something

ˌglued/ˌrooted to the ˈspot

not able to move, for example because you are frightened or surprised: He shouted at her to run, but she just stood there, glued to the spot.She stood there rooted to the spot when she saw the body.
See also: glue, root, spot

glue factory

n. the place where old horses are sent so their bones can be made into glue; a similar, imaginary place for people. I’m not as young as I used to be, but I’m not ready for the glue factory yet.
See also: factory, glue


1. mod. arrested. (Underworld.) Shorty goes to great extremes to keep from getting glued.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. About three more beers and I’ll be glued.
See also: glue
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Press pieces of tissue onto the glue in "stained glass" patterns.
Adhere a pin to the back for a lapel pin (use an adhesive pin, or use a hot glue gun to attach another kind of pin), add to a bracelet for a charm, or tie a ribbon on it for hanging.
This capability is based on the fact that extrusion can smoothly process adhesives that simply will not run on glue wheel or spray glue systems.
Plaster hand-print picture You will need: A box frame Plaster of Paris Strong glue Instructions: Start by taking apart the frame, and removing the box shape from it.
Despite his many achievements, Coover didn't seem to mind being best known for his famous glue.
Figure 3 shows the results obtained shear strength of samples treated with the same glue (PU and PVAc).
BLACK GLUE AND WATERCOLORS Our final sticky activity is best done on white watercolor paper.
Wrap the small square around it and secure with tacky glue.
The worm also produces a glue that is used to stick all these pieces together, forming a solid tube.
I stuck glue on the edge of the section of stem--under a half inch long--and squeezed the bits together.
The beak's outer shell is made of hexagonal keratin tiles--each about 50 [micro]m in diameter and 1 [micro]m thick--cemented together with an organic glue and piled in several staggered layers.
Spread glue on Top of the largest one, Place the next smallest one on top of the glue.
The adhesive, or the glue, becomes extremely important.
If you saved those pieces, thinking that someday you would glue that pot back together, now is the time to do it.
In this activity, you can make your own sandstone using sediments (sand and soil) and glue (plaster of Paris).