Deer in the headlights meaning

What does the saying 'Deer in the headlights' mean?

Idiom: Deer in the headlights


When one is caught offguard and needs to make a decision, but cannot react quickly.

Country: International English | Subject Area: Animals | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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