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proud below the navel

outdated Having an erect penis. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I think that Sir Edgar grows proud below the navel every time he sees you, dear sister." B: "Oh, hush! Someone from the garden might hear us!"
See also: below, navel, proud

gaze at (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on 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. Primarily heard in UK. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
See also: contemplate, navel




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.

contemplate your navel

spend time complacently considering yourself or your own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
See also: contemplate, navel
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Grown in California and Arizona, the Cara Cara, like all navel oranges, has a bright orange exterior, is easy to peel and is seedless.
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And when that navel is full of inconsequential fluff, spouted by protagonists who we find neither interesting nor endearing, the unwieldy running time feels infinitely longer sitting there in the cinema.
Some people have a tingly, sensitive line running down from their navel to their gentials, which, when traced with a tongue, can feel amazing.
Her seatbelt slammed into her stomach, forcing the metal navel stud through her skin and intestines.
With half of California's navel orange crop destroyed by a cold snap, the wholesale price of the fruit soared last week as agriculture officials warned that consumers will soon be paying more for other produce such as avocados, carrots and lettuce.
When practicing, one uses a navel pumping action that expands the navel outward on the inhale and contracts the navel towards the spine on the exhale.
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Seasoned Rondinone watchers will recall that his fiberglass clowns go barefoot, and that their other characteristics are proneness, an exposed navel (behind which, one should note, is the location of the human body's center of gravity), and a serene expression that suggests Bruce Nauman's circus performers--the undisguised reference--having made peace with the round of meaningless repetitions germane to life itself.
We do too much navel gazing and we have become too complacent.
Some argue that the Adam created in God's own image was navel-less ( sexual reproduction only came on the scene after the expulsion from Eden and the navel is a mark of our fallen state.