be riveted to the spot

be riveted to the spot

To be immobilized by fear or surprise. A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the spot!" A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the spot!"
See also: rivet, spot

be ˌriveted to the ˈspot/ˈground

be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move: As he walked away, she wanted to run after him but she felt frozen, riveted to the spot.
See also: ground, rivet, spot
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