gaze (off) into space

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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.
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There remains, of course, an outside chance that you will be drifting aimlessly or gazing into space today.
Only it quickly became apparent that their main role was to sit at the side gazing into space or picking their teenage spots.
For more call 09050 700 436 Taurus April 21 - May 21 IT'S a week to think about your career and, even though it's only Monday, spend some time looking out of the window, gazing into space, considering your next move.
If you're getting my drift, you'll understand that the preparation mode always involves a great deal of standing around the dock with friends, sitting on the dock box drinking beer and talking about boats, or simply lounging in the cockpit gazing into space.
Happily, however, the locals chose well, with works ranging from Thomas Jones's threateningly stormy Beachy Head to a large, scary, 2002 piece by Wolfgang Tillmans of a girl lying on the same chalk cliffs gazing into space.
Couched in the Solstice Peak Observatory, which he built himself, high in the Santa Monica mountains, he spends hours gazing into space through a ten-inch f/8 Newtonian reflector telescope and sketching what he sees.
You will never go to an American sports ground and see a ball boy gazing into space, or falling over their own feet - that would be sexist.
you're touching her like that and when you lift your face to hers she's not gazing into space as you expected but
Alternately pursing his lips and gazing into space or squeezing his eyes shut to convey hysteria, Mandy Patinkin's neurotic Leontes belongs on a psychiatrist's couch on the Upper West Side rather than on the throne of Sicilia.
Men in dark suits and white shirts sat at desks with no phones or paperwork, gazing into space like dummies.
Lewis thus avoids the pitfalls of dwelling too much on technical or scientific dimensions, instead turning her language toward the metaphoric possibilities space travel suggests, as in poem 12 in the sequence, where Lewis imagines gazing into space through the Hubble telescope, to see "stars unfold / in nuclear gardens, galaxies like sperm / swirled in water, rashes of young hot stars, / blood-clot catastrophes, febrile swarms / of stinging explosions.
A lesson where children gazing into space will be praised to the heavens by their teachers.
But our reason to change the old routine was sitting at a table five feet away gazing into space, so we gave it a go.
Sit gazing into space, pretending it doesn't exist?