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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.
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be glued to (someone or something)

1. To be 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. To be 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. Connor's kids are always glued to the television. They don't even say hello when we come over.
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(with) (one's) eyes glued to (something)

With all of one's attention focused solely on the thing one is looking at. If "with" is omitted, the entire phrase is separated from the rest of the sentence by one or two commas. I will not abide people eating at my table with their eyes glued to their phones! I came back two hours later to find the kids sitting in exactly the same position, their eyes still glued to the television.
See also: eye, glue

have (one's) eyes glued to (something)

To have all of one's attention focused solely on the thing one is looking at. I absolutely hate it when people eat at my house and have their eyes glued to their phones for the entire meal. I came back two hours later to find the kids still had their eyes glued to the television.
See also: eye, glue, have

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.
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your eyes glued to something

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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

glued

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.
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The 'fantasy nail art' category-which involves glueing artificial acrylic pieces onto natural nails and then painting them or even imbedding them with tiny gems or trinkets-is an undoubted crowd-pleaser at the Nailympics.
He had carried out a two-year campaign of criminal damage against the practice including glueing up locks, spray painting doors and stealing the surgery's brass wall plaque and hiding it under his carpet.
We are structured and during the day the children do painting and glueing, and learning through play.
Hatton banked on getting inside, glueing himself to Tszyu and slowly drawing the strength out of a champion whose recent inactivity represented his most obvious weakness.
Taking a rails course throughout and almost glueing herself to the inner rail on the run for home, Woodbrook Wine scored by three lengths in 36.
the subject matter of this public procurement includes the supply of tire for motor vehicles owned by the contracting authority, As well as new tire fitting services, Dismantling of old tires, Glueing, Tire balancing, Straightening of wheels and others.
Glueing them in place would mean a replaster job when they came down, so attach a stick-on adhesive disc plate-hanger to the back of each pot, and hang them from picture hooks or nails.
Callie Roberts as the Striptease Girl moves with a water like fluidity glueing the audience both on and off stage to her.
By the middle of the month our excitement was further heightened at school, as we decorated our classroom and made Christmas cards for family and friends, sprinkling them with glitter and glueing them with bits of cotton wool for snow.
He was then compounding the problem by glueing the joints together rather than using push fit joints, so any expansion caused by hot water passing through could not be taken up, with the result that it would buckle and possibly crack.
They include using balloons with drugs tied to them and opening Pot Noodles, placing cannabis and crack cocaine inside and then glueing the lids shut again.
But, if stars of prime time are glueing on their own sparkles, we can all rest assured our licence fee money isn't quite as freely handed out as is often assumed.
Pictures by ANGIE WEALL; YOUR TURN: Shannon Wharton and Catrin Price play picture dominoes together, left; CUTE: Hannah Gunn chills out in her baby rocker, below; TO THE POINT: Caleb Kasonaly at the sandpit; COUNTING TIME: For Lucy Craig and Anna Morris; DIPPING IN: Aaron Kirby is busy with his glue stick, left; BOOK SHARE: Oliver Birkbeck reads a book with his bear, right; SMILERS: Lucy Taylor and Amy Gibson try out some glueing and sticking, left; DIG IN: Rhiana Verrill plays in the sandpit, left; GONE FISHING: Kiera Brundle, William Harvey and Emma Craig catch some fish; WATER LOAD OF FUN: For Katie Scott, Mia Rose and Matthew McCullaugh, left; HAPPY CHAP: Charlie Turner colours in, below; GIGGLY: Charlotte Cowley is enjoying the Little Baa book