Deer in the headlights

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  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


  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.

  7. Dee Dee:

    Sorry, but I beat you to it in the early 70’s when I first started driving to/from high school. I was fascinated by the book Watership Down and the concept of rabbits freezing “In Tharn”
    That’s when I actually saw a deer staring back at my headlights on River Road in Des Plaines, IL. I’d been using “In Tharn”to describe surprise, In my early writing attempts, I realized the reference was too obscure so, was very pleased with myself when I came up with the original Deer in Headlights catchphrase.
    How hilarious that it caught on in Britain sfter I visited London in 1981. Thrilled to hear it!

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