rooted to the spot
Not moving, especially owing to some strong emotion. For example, When the truck bore down on the dog, he was terrified and stood rooted to the spot. This idiom likens the roots of a plant to a strong feeling that keeps one from moving.
Why did Texas confuse its state flag with Chile’s? Try to spot the difference, and learn what a “vexillologist” is.
Thanks to the eagle eyes of a Texan voter, the absentee ballot this election season in Atascosa County will not feature the flag of Chile. You can see the source of confusion below, but first, how did the Chilean flag end up on a Texan ballot? As you will see, the flags of the Latin American country and the U.S. state are remarkably similar. Both …
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