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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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Some of the 1962 coppers have gone astray and he's in a fix over glueing back replacements.
We've steered clear of glueing books to shelves," says John.
His direct action campaign of digging up rugby pitches and glueing shut lockers to disrupt the Springboks tour in the 1970s made a powerful impact on the anti-apartheid movement and earned the young liberal the nickname 'Hain the Pain'.
I enjoyed making slippers, sewing and glueing and chatting to my friends.
The Rolls-Royce plant is basically very good at glueing expensive leather to fine wood," one analyst said.
Top Tip: Instead of glueing or screwing the box into position on the floor, use silicone in case you need to gain access to the pipes in the future.
Hatton banked on getting inside, glueing himself to Tszyu and drawing the strength out of the champion.
According to her gran, whatever she's doing - painting, glueing or whatever - she wants granny to do it too.
I expect it will take at least another 18 months to two years to complete - there are thousands of bones and I am glueing it all together by hand.
He and Chris Lewis are glueing up the balance of the side.
It's very simple to lay because it requires no glueing which is very handy for DIYers.
Gary does everything from glueing together or taping across cracks, putting anti-scuff covers (pounds 7.
2 A VIGILANTE group "Movement for the Containment of Christmas" is glueing shut the front doors of shops flogging early Christmas cards.