Definition of like a deer (or rabbit) in the headlights in English:

like a deer (or rabbit) in the headlights

phrase

  • Used to refer to a state of fear, panic, or confusion so extreme that it is impossible to act or think normally.

    ‘faced with too many choices and not enough real information, we are like deer caught in the headlights’
    ‘his deer-in-the-headlights expression’
    • ‘We abandon good judgment and good decisions and (as I said earlier) look like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘Faced with the issue on the campaign trail, the visionary environmentalist looked like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘All of a sudden there he was like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘This youngster, Rob, moves in my cell like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘She just stood there, terrified, like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘Lack of updates as I am feeling like a rabbit in the headlights right now.’
    • ‘Prior to the winter break there were times when Skovdahl looked like a deer in the headlights as defeat followed defeat.’
    • ‘So she stood there like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘The Government is running scared; it is like a deer in the headlights.’
    • ‘She stood there like a rabbit in the headlights.’