A mental state of high arousal caused by anxiety, fear, panic, surprise and/or confusion, or substance abuse. A person experiencing the "deer in headlights" syndrome often shows behavioral signs reminding those of a deer subjected to a car's headlights, such as widely opened eyes and a transcient lack of motor reactions.
Mike doesn't like cars; he's like a deer in headlights when he goes to his driving lessons.
von Erelgey 10. Juli 2008