glued to the spot

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

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
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To protect trees, set codling moth traps, which look like bright yellow or green tents, to which the insects are attracted, and then glued to the spot. Place a small amount of pheromone in the trap (this comes in the kit) to lure males in, and once they are out of the picture, females will remain infertile.
The action was punctuated by moments of silence when the turbaned figures stopped as though glued to the spot. The spectators present the production with the wide-eyed awe of children.
Instead of moving to a safe distance, one is glued to the spot as the salivary glands work overtime.
He must have realised the danger he was in because he stayed glued to the spot where he had landed."
Neither of us could move for several minutes - we were literally glued to the spot!
He was glued to the spot and stood outside the gate rather than face the dog.
Pires appeared to hesitate momentarily and scraped the top of the ball, which remained glued to the spot.
Usually I wander about during a game but I was glued to the spot all morning.
Almost everyone remained glued to the spot. The kickoff was a master class for students from School of American Ballet, the official Balanchine training institution.
Like all good Mancunians, they didn't smile, and they stayed glued to the spot during a 90-minute set.
I was glued to the spot. So we came down and poor Davina had to do it."
Price equalised on 81 minutes with a stunning effort from 25 yards, leaving home keeper Danny Trueman glued to the spot.
The Happy Prince will captivate even the youngest child, my usually boisterous two and three year old sat glued to the spot for the entire 50 minutes.
Lee will have been scratching his head in disbelief at his inept defence being glued to the spot.
"I was glued to the spot. I could hear my heart in my ears.