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    deer in the spotlight?

    I heard this expression used by our English trainer before.

    He popped a question that made everyone apprehensive to answer. And there was a long space of silence. He then said, ¨You look like a deer in the spotlight.¨ - What does it really mean and do you use it often


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    Re: deer in the spotlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I heard this expression used by our English trainer before.

    He popped a question that made everyone apprehensive to answer. And there was a long space of silence. He then said, ¨You look like a deer in the spotlight.¨ - What does it really mean and do you use it often
    It means 'surprised, shocked, frozen into inaction. It's quite common, at least in my neck of the woods, B.

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    Re: deer in the spotlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    It means 'surprised, shocked, frozen into inaction. It's quite common, at least in my neck of the woods, B.
    Thanks, Riverkid! And also for the additional idiom you have ¨neck of the woods¨.

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    Re: deer in the spotlight?

    Usually we say a "deer caught in the headlights," not spotlight. When a deer dashes out from the woods into the road and into the path of an oncoming car, he is temporarily blinded by the headlights. He'll stand there frozen in terror for a moment or two and either run off or crash through your windshield.

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    Re: deer in the spotlight?

    Maybe that´s it. For I heard it long before I even thought of learning idioms. I just took it from my memory.

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    Re: deer in the spotlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Usually we say a "deer caught in the headlights," not spotlight. When a deer dashes out from the woods into the road and into the path of an oncoming car, he is temporarily blinded by the headlights. He'll stand there frozen in terror for a moment or two and either run off or crash through your windshield.
    In England, where deer aren't that common, the common metaphor is 'a rabbit in the headlights'. (It's one that I used the other day to refer to my daughter viewing the onset of the new school term.)

    b

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