Last modified on 8 August 2013, at 05:42

deer in the headlights

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the image of a deer caught in a car’s headlights – widely opened eyes, lack of motor reactions, etc.

NounEdit

deer in the headlights (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A mental state of high arousal caused by anxiety fear, panic, surprise and/or confusion, or substance abuse.
  2. (idiomatic) A stunned or glazed expression.