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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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Kids can apply marker color on top of the glue and run lines along the edges.
The worm also produces a glue that is used to stick all these pieces together, forming a solid tube.
Now, researchers are proposing that plywood be manufactured using glue made with soy flour rather than with powdered cattle-blood protein as is done conventionally.
You need the proper glue and you need a dead-blow hammer.
Soy flour--at 22 cents per pound--makes the best glue, and the glue ends up being 50 cents per 100 kilograms cheaper than conventional formulations.
which built 26 floats this year, the finished masterpieces will have been constructed of 500 tons of steel, 60,000 square feet of plywood, 300 rolls of chicken wire, 10 tons of plastic foam, 4,000 gallons of glue, 15 million flowers - including 275,000 roses and 350,000 carnations.
To seal wounds, doctors gently squeeze together the edges of the cut and "paint" glue across the skin's surface.
Some furniture and kitchen cabinets designed with intricate edges may require glues that bond strong, yet have less visible glue lines.
Silicones stand up to vibrations and are also flame retardant (many other glues are highly flammable).
While most companies are expanding their lines, we've chosen to enhance the strength and performance of two of our most well-known brands: Carpenter's Wood Glue and Glue-All.
Knowing the interfacial structure, we could select glue molecules that fit across the interface like pieces in a jigsaw," Davey says.
Frustration Over Brittle Bonds, Repeat Repairs and Glue Dry Out No Longer an Issue on Small Jobs
On a less macabre note, manufacturers of everything from shoes to cars to furniture rely increasingly on glues.
Destined to replace current marketplace products, FixAll Extreme is hailed as being tougher than the toughest glues on the planet.
This is considerably shorter than the 3-4 hours it takes for other glues, including the leading consumer polyurethane glue.