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  1. deer in the headlights(Noun)

    A mental state of high arousal caused by anxiety fear, panic, surprise and/or confusion, or substance abuse.

  2. deer in the headlights(Noun)

    A stunned or glazed expression.

  3. Origin: From the image a deer caught in a car’s headlights – widely opened eyes, lack of motor reactions, etc.

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