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gaze around (at someone or something)

to look all around at someone or something. The manager gazed around at each of us, and finally spoke. Tourists gazed around at the scenery for a while and got back in the bus. We just stood there, gazing around.
See also: around, gaze

gaze at someone or something

to stare at someone or something. I stood for an hour, gazing at the sea. She gazed at me for a moment and then smiled.
See also: gaze

gaze on someone or something

to look at someone or something; to survey someone or something. She gazed sullenly on the ruin that had been her home. The teacher gazed on the student and frightened her.
See also: gaze

gaze out on something

to look out on something, such as a lovely view, from inside a building or from a particular spot. She gazed out on the flowering trees and knew that life would go on. Henry sat for hours, gazing out on the lake.
See also: gaze, out

rivet one's gaze on someone or something

 and rivet one's glare on someone or something
Fig. to fasten one's gaze onto someone or something. (As if it were attached by rivets.) He riveted his gaze on the surly young man. Walter riveted his hateful glare on the last page of the contract and sneered.
See also: gaze, rivet

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
See also: gaze, steely

gaze at/contemplate your navel

to spend too much time thinking about yourself and your own problems
Usage notes: Your navel is the small round piece of skin in the middle of your stomach.
I read his novel, and thought the man's obviously spent far too long contemplating his own navel.
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References in classic literature ?
And once, a minute later, he raised his head with a sudden startle and gazed inquiringly at her.
Comrade Ossipon gazed at it as no lover ever gazed at his mistress's face.
I let my intellect take a vacation and just gazed at what was before me.
Miho and I are big dog lovers and feel something changed in our bodies when gazed [upon] by our dogs," New Scientist magazine quoted Kikusui as saying.
My research has demonstrated that people will shift their attention automatically to a location gazed at by a cartoon face presented on a computer screen--even when the face's gaze direction provides no meaningful or useful information.
Miss Tabby said: ``Stop here'' and gazed in my face.
She shows her womanhood, a far different sight than that gazed upon by the m en, who see not Janie's presence but their own desire, desire which her body is expected to satisfy.
The power of appropriation lies not just with the father, then -- but with the mother as well, who, in the son's eyes, gazes at the father in a way the son would like to be gazed at, so, in a good parental relationship, son wants to be like his father because of the way mother has treated father.
Ferdinand III and you look at the same face native people and mission fathers gazed at perhaps as long as 200 years ago.
Whenever I gazed at the Hummel, I thought of the flight to Egypt and my mother's tears, and I felt unabashedly sorry for myself.
The unanestheticized baby gazed across the room to what I took to be the centerpiece or fulcrum of the installation: a large blue-filtered, gold-framed photograph of the Winged Victory fountain in Las Vegas.