seized with (something)

seized with (something)

1. Totally stuck or immobile due to some substance or force. The joints of the machine are all totally seized with rust. My leg is seized with a cramp—I'll have to wait until it passes.
2. Paralyzed, overcome, or strongly affected by something. He became seized with a coughing fit and couldn't speak for a full two minutes. I was seized with fear when I saw the shadow of someone lurking in our house.
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seized with something

Fig. affected suddenly by something, such as laughter, coughing, sneezing, fits of rage, etc. Suddenly, I was seized with a fit of coughing. Mary was seized with laughter at the sight of Ted in a clown suit.
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