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gaze open-mouthed

To stare intently at something or someone, often because one is awestruck or dumbfounded. I couldn't help but gaze open-mouthed at the beautiful sunrise.
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gaze at (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on or preoccupied with one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy gazing at his navel to help anybody else.
See also: gaze, navel

contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
See also: contemplate, navel

fix (someone) with a look

To look at someone intensely. He fixed me with a look, and I found myself mesmerized by what he was saying.
See also: fix, look

fix (someone) with a stare

To look at someone intensely. He fixed me with a stare, and I found myself mesmerized by what he was saying.
See also: fix, stare

fix (someone) with a gaze

To look at someone intensely. He fixed me with a gaze, and I found myself mesmerized by what he was saying.
See also: fix, gaze

stare (off) into space

To stare vacantly or absentmindedly at nothing in particular, usually while one is preoccupied with or distracted by thoughts of something else. I sat at the back of class, staring off into space, when suddenly the solution came to me. He just stared into space as his parents lectured him on the importance of paying attention during class.
See also: space, stare

gaze (off) into space

To stare vacantly or absentmindedly at nothing in particular, usually while one is preoccupied with or distracted by thoughts of something else. I sat at the back of class, gazing off into space, when suddenly the solution came to me. He just gazed into space as his parents lectured him on the importance of paying attention during class.
See also: gaze, space

meet (one's) gaze

To make eye contact with one, typically in a way that is confident or without shame. She couldn't meet my gaze because she knew how angry I was with her. When shaking hands with someone, you should always meet their gazes.
See also: gaze, meet

navel-gazing

An excessive focus on one's personal problems or concerns, to the exclusion of other people or other issues. She said my navel-gazing was one of the biggest reasons she broke up with me. If our party is going to be successful in the future, then we can't be dragged down by navel-gazing about the loss of this election.

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, on

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, on, 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, on, 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

navel-gazing

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navel-contemplation

If you accuse someone of navel-gazing or navel-contemplation, you are criticizing them for thinking only about themselves and their own problems or activities, rather than the problems or activities of other people. Tory MP Martin Brison says he is more interested in developing policies for the future than in navel-gazing about the past. He called for an end to Labor's post-election navel-gazing. Note: Navel-gazing can be used before a noun. The film is a sort of navel-gazing look at Hollywood. Note: You can also say that someone gazes at their navel or contemplates their navel. The Institute has always been notorious for contemplating its own navel. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval. Note: Your navel is your tummy button or belly button.

fix somebody with a ˈlook, ˈstare, ˈgaze, etc.

look directly at somebody for a long time: He fixed her with an angry stare.
See also: fix, somebody

look/stare/gaze into ˈspace

look straight in front of you without looking at a particular thing, usually because you are thinking about something: I asked her twice if she was ready to leave but she just sat there staring into space.
See also: gaze, look, space, stare
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Today's gazing globes have evolved from those orbs of past decades that often stood alone on pedestals in the center of lawns.
Brecon Beacons National Park is fast becoming the perfect location to host star gazing events, with the ideal combination of being easy to travel to, with many spots very secluded away from light pollution.
We can gawk at a person, a bird or a flowering bush and miss the inherent beauty, but when we change our looking into gazing that beauty comes home to our soul.
Tipples presented neutral, fearful, or happy expressions gazing right or left, following neutral faces gazing straight ahead.
As I will now show, while the Super's ceaseless gazing is framed in a language of objectifying sexual desire, his mode of looking ultimately shifts toward a paradigm of surveillance that is underwritten by racist white power.
One of the attractions of the clinical gaze (later to be complemented by "technological" means of gazing, such as x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, and laboratory testing) was that it enabled the physician to pass more quickly through the discursive, subjective, and often unreliable patient narrative.
Stuby seems to base her assumption about the gender-specificity of the speaker and the object of his gaze on cues from established critics such as Dolores Rosenblum, whose work on Rossetti's devotional poetry notes that "the metaphor of sight, particularly as it involves gazing upon a face, belongs .
Therefore, this paper employs components of Mulvey's approach in conjunction with two other approaches--star theory and gay/lesbian studies--to examine several key instances of gazing in director Marcel Carne's super-production Les Enfants du Paradis (1945).
Gazing on the scene, the narrator relies on no speech between the two characters; in fact it is the intrusion of language--Hall's name called from the court--that abruptly ends this entirely physical interchange.
What does remain unexamined in her reading, however, is the extent of Lockwood's own self-awareness of the dynamic of gazing taking place and of the complexities surrounding the levels of gazing that are going on.
Thus, rather than having her subjectivity eclipsed in the tableau's structure, Lily uses the tableau to stage her subjectivity, and her experience as an eyewitness (indeed as an "I"-witness) during the scene exposes the tension between her individual acts of gazing and a Realist ideology committed to a "common vision" of reality.
When I look at an object [text], the object is always already gazing at me, and from a point at which I cannot see it" (109).
4) Mulvey's topic was the controlling, organizing look of the camera, the gaze of desire taking pleasure in gazing.
Sometimes he is slightly smiling, but mostly he just gazes at me gazing, his entire face lit.
Although the meteor shower should be visible to the naked eye, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have teamed up with Dark Sky Wales to host a spectacular star gazing event at the National Park Visitor Centre on Thursday, August 12 from 7.