be riveted to the spot

to be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move

I stood and watched them argue, riveted to the spot.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be riveted to the spot — phrase to be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move I stood and watched them argue, riveted to the spot. Thesaurus: to be, or to become afraid or frightenedsynonym to be shocked or surprisedsynonym Main entry: rivet …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) riveted to the spot — be riveted to the spot/ground idiom to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move Main entry: ↑rivetidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) riveted to the ground — be riveted to the spot/ground idiom to be so shocked or frightened that you cannot move Main entry: ↑rivetidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • riveted — adj. (cannot stand alone) riveted on, to (all eyes were riveted on the door; she stood riveted to the spot) * * * to (all eyes were riveted on the door; she stood riveted to the spot) (cannot stand alone) rivetedon …   Combinatory dictionary

  • riveted — ▶ adjective 1 she stood riveted to the spot: FIXED, rooted, frozen, unable to move; motionless, unmoving, immobile, stock still. 2 he was riveted by the newsreels: FA …   Useful english dictionary

  • rivet — I UK [ˈrɪvɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms rivet : present tense I/you/we/they rivet he/she/it rivets present participle riveting past tense riveted past participle riveted to join two things together with rivets • be riveted by/to something …   English dictionary

  • rivet — riv|et1 [ rıvıt ] verb transitive 1. ) often passive to interest someone so much that they pay complete attention: The book appeared to have riveted the man for hours. 2. ) to join two things together with rivets be riveted on/to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rivet — 1 verb 1 be riveted on/to if your attention is riveted on something, you are so frightened or so interested that you keep looking at it: Barnes watched in terror, his eyes riveted on the huge tiger. 2 be riveted to the spot to be so shocked or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rivet — riv|et1 [ˈrıvıt] v 1.) be riveted on/to/by sth if your attention is riveted on something, you are so interested or so frightened that you keep looking at it ▪ All eyes were riveted on her in horror. 2.) be riveted to the spot to be so shocked or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • riv´et|er — rivet «RIHV iht», noun, verb. –n. a metal bolt with a head at one end, the other end being hammered into a head after insertion. Rivets fasten heavy steel beams together. –v.t. 1. to fasten with a rivet or rivets. 2. to flatten (the end of a… …   Useful english dictionary

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