like a deer in (the) headlights

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like a deer in (the) headlights

In a state or manner of paralyzing surprise, fear, or bewilderment. Likened to the tendency of deer to freeze in place in front of an oncoming vehicle. When she asked me to marry her, I could only stand there like a deer in headlights. He froze like a deer in the headlights when I caught him taking money out of the register.
See also: deer, headlight, like
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Sharon Osbourne, however, urged Carl to lighten up a little, saying he looked a bit like a "deer in the headlights" during Saturday's performance.
They also utilized night counts by driving a determined route and observing deer in the headlights of their vehicle.
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I think I just went like a deer in the headlights. At times, I (didn't) know what to do."