- 1Look fixedly or vacantly at someone or something with one’s eyes wide open: he stared at her in amazement Robyn sat staring into space, her mind numbMore example sentences
- The rest of us sat staring into space, apparently waiting for an answer to arrive like a visitor from the spirit world.
- I just couldn't muster the willpower to finish them off and was just sat staring into space.
- This meant that I had low energy and I tended to sit and stare into space.
- 1.1(Of a person’s eyes) be wide open, with a fixed or vacant expression: her grey eyes stared back at himMore example sentences
- They were like the zombies of paradise, their mouths hanging open, their eyes staring up at the screen.
- His fists pumped the air, wide eyes staring at the night sky that he had thought he would never see again.
- Her mask had gone and her eyes were staring, wide with obvious panic but unseeing.
- 1.2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Be unpleasantly prominent or striking: the obituaries stared out at usMore example sentences
- He finally turned his gaze to her, his glare seeming to stare straight into her soul.
- Just a few feet off the starboard bow, the bloated carcass of a full-grown steer stared back at us.
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- A long fixed or vacant look: she gave him a cold stareMore example sentences
- He gave me a cold stare and returned his attention to his girlfriend.
- He returned his cold stare to the carefree couple below and fantasized about his victory.
- She gazed at him in wonder, and he returned her stare with a look of friendly curiosity.
be staring one in the face
- Be glaringly apparent or obvious: the answer had been staring him in the faceMore example sentences
be obvious, be clear, be plain, be plain to see, be crystal clear, be evident, be apparent, be manifest, be patent, be conspicuous, be prominent, be transparent, be clear-cut, be palpable, be unmistakable, be indisputable, be self-evident, be undeniable, be as plain as a pikestaff, be writ large, be written all over one, be as clear as day, be blinding, be inescapable• informal be as plain as the nose on one's face, be standing/sticking out like a sore thumb, be standing/sticking out a mile, be right under one's nose
- But sometimes you don't need to ask questions because the answer is staring you in the face.
- The answer is staring us in the face and organisations need to get on and do something about it.
- I know that the answer is staring me in the face, I just can't see it.
be staring something in the face
- Be on the verge of defeat, death, or another unpleasant fate: Everton were staring defeat in the faceMore example sentences
- When Steve Prescott scored his second just after the break Salford were staring a hefty defeat in the face.
- Football League oblivion is staring the club in the face.
- Just four months ago, the LDP was staring an electoral disaster in the face.
stare someone in the eye (or face)
- Look fixedly or boldly at someone: I stared him straight in the eye but he didn’t recognize meMore example sentences
- The reporter was stunned by an official staring him in the eye and telling a straight lie.
- It makes you work - the bad review staring you in the face.
- It's logical not to want a soulless existence in an air-conditioned office, with a PC staring you in the face and stack of returns to input.
stare someone out (or down)
- Look fixedly at someone until they feel forced to look away: Vi hissed, meeting his gaze, preparing to stare him outMore example sentences
- It quickly transpires that he believed my mate was ‘staring him out’ from across the pub and he wasn't happy about it.
- The vociferousness of his appeal showed he felt that it should have been at least a spot kick, but the linesman, on whom he vented the venom, stared him out.
- She was annoying, it's true, but this guy kept looking up from his book and staring at her the way people stare you out in West London before planting a knife in you.
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- Johansson loves the fact that she's now someone others stare at because she's a self-confessed starer.
- The stare-down occurs if the said starer just feels the other girl is prettier.
- Sheldrake suggests that the two starers may have differed in their beliefs concerning the ability to detect unseen staring.
Old English starian, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning 'be rigid'.