navel-gazing


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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.

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.
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The diligence and intelligence of its people" garnered 25 percent of the vote while "the humanistic and righteous principles of its people" came in with a navel-gazing 17 percent.
After the euphoric headlines, capitalist triumphalism speedily gave way to navel-gazing.
Media navel-gazing is hardly new, With so many journalists scurrying about the nation's capital, they naturally get together on occasion to consider how important they are.
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I feel profoundly angered and ashamed that the labour movement's navel-gazing defeatism has allowed the Tories to implement such draconian legislation, particularly on the 90th anniversary of the famed 1926 general strike.
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The West Midlands and other English regions should seriously consider dumping tribalism and navel-gazing, and instead consider working together as regional social and political entities.
While a small group has been seeking navel-gazing and introspection, a wider group of candidates for some of our best wards have been making plans for returning to the doorstep and reinvigorating our campaign.
I'm generally opposed to lengthy navel-gazing inquiries which achieve nothing.
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The Franco-German pact - in which Merkel ditched her insistence on automatic sanctions for debt and deficit offenders, a concession to French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his backing on treaty change - has been lambasted by MEPs and the European Central Bank, who support immediate penalties for profligate countries and see little appetite for more institutional navel-gazing.
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Layers of illusion and fantasy overlap until the entire world threatens to collapse around the characters in a typically surreal piece of navel-gazing from Kaufman, which is very weird but not so wonderful.
He said: "The last thing Labour needs now is a week of navel-gazing and speculation about its leadership.
GORDON Brown last night hailed the end of Europe's navel-gazing and the start of a new era of tackling the issues most concerning people - jobs, prosperity, security and the environment.