deer in the headlights

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

deer in the headlights ‎(plural deer in the headlights)

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

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