Deer in the headlights

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  1. yves looked ” like a deer in the headlights.” | " Un si long Voyage ":

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  2. yves looked ” like a deer in the headlights.” | The Long Way Around (my mom's) House:

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  3. deer-in-the-headlights look, y2k « Lex maniac:

    [...] expression doesn’t really present any difficulty when it comes to meaning or origin (here’s a good account). It sprang from descriptions of Dan Quayle’s performance in encounters with [...]

  4. raymond:

    its a nice explanation, i was thinking about this phrase since last week, and i never thought internet can help me haha :D

    THANKS!

  5. Vanessa:

    Great explanation, Thanks

  6. matt dailey:

    Gonna sound crazy but i originated this phrase during a conversation with a colleague in the software business in ny in the mid 80′s. I had never heard iy before and just used it kn our conversation. He laughed and asked if he could use it.

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