stare into

stare into something

to gaze fixedly into something. she just sat there, staring into space. Tom stared into the water, hoping to see a fish or maybe a turtle.
See also: stare
References in classic literature ?
Something, however, happened this time that had not happened before; his stare into my face, through the glass and across the room, was as deep and hard as then, but it quitted me for a moment during which I could still watch it, see it fix successively several other things.
The man's eyes were still fixed in a stare into the unknown.
Poised between numbness and agitation, they stare into space like bit players whose roles are nonnegotiable though ambiguous.