Deer in Headlights - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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a deer in (the) headlights
Someone caught in a state of paralyzing surprise, fear, or bewilderment. Likened to the tendency of deer to freeze in place in front of an oncoming vehicle. Often used in the phrase "like a deer in the headlights." Mary turned into a deer in the headlights when she forgot her lines in the middle of the play. He froze like a deer in the headlights when I caught him taking money out of the register. When she asked me to marry her, I could only stand there like a deer in the headlights.
(be caught/freeze like) a deer in the ˈheadlights (also (be caught like) a rabbit in the ˈheadlights) used to describe somebody who appears so frightened that they cannot think clearly and do not know what to do or say: The senator was caught like a deer in the headlights in a TV interview. ♢ a deer-in-the-headlights look
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"She said, `Nik, well, how do you feel?' I told her, `I feel like a deer in headlights
' She just said, `Nik move.' I know she saved my life," says Giovanni.
Bachmann appears on the latest issue with her eyes bulging, looking frozen like a deer in headlights
Some just wouldn't move, like deer in headlights
"It's the same as the deer in headlights
, the deer's not on anything other than fear.