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English definition of “be like a deer/rabbit caught in the headlights”

be like a deer/rabbit caught in the headlights

to be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move or think: Each time they asked him a question he was like a deer caught in the headlights.
(Definition of be like a deer/rabbit caught in the headlights from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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