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be staring (one) in the face

1. To be an unavoidable situation or issue. I know you don't want to pay for this expensive course of treatment, but if you keep ignoring your health, a hospital stay will be staring you in the face.
2. To be very obvious, especially suddenly. Thanks to all of those failed experiments, the solution is finally staring me in the face! Unfortunately, the solution—to break up—had been staring us in the face all along.
See also: face, stare

stare (someone or something) in the face

1. Literally, to make direct and uninterrupted eye contact with someone. She just walked up to the boss, stared him in the face, and asked for a raise! I could never do that!
2. To confront a situation or issue directly. The suffragettes stared injustice in the face and won the right to vote.
See also: face, stare

give someone a blank look

 and give someone a blank stare
to look back at someone with a neutral look on one's face. After I told her to stop smoking, she just gave me a blank look and kept puffing.
See also: blank, give, look

look someone in the face

 and look someone in the eye; stare someone in the face
Fig. to face someone directly. (Facing someone this way is a sign of sincerity.) I don't believe you. Look me in the eye and say that, She looked him in the face and said she never wanted to see him again.
See also: face, look

stare at someone or something

to look fixedly at someone or something. Why are you staring at me? I was staring at the scenery behind you.
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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.
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stare out at someone or something

 
1. to be in a place staring outward at someone or something. I stayed in my little room and stared out at the others having fun in the crisp fall air. We stared out at the deep snow.
2. [for a face or eyes visible in a place] to be seen staring outward from that place. Two bright little cat eyes stared out at me from the basket. Her faced stared out of the tiny window.
See also: out, stare

stare someone down

to pressure someone to capitulate, back down, or yield by staring. Don't try to stare me down. I have nerves of steel. I tried to stare down my opponent, but it didn't work.
See also: down, stare

stare someone in the face

 
1. Go to look someone in the face.
2. [for evidence] to confront someone directly. (Fig. on stare someone in the face; look someone in the face.) Finally, the truth stared me in the face, and I had to admit to myself what had really happened. When the facts in the case stared the jury in the face, there was nothing they could do but acquit.
See also: face, stare

stark raving mad

Cliché totally insane; completely crazy; out of control. (Often an exaggeration.) When she heard about what happened at the office, she went stark raving mad. You must be start raving mad if you think I would trust you with my car!
See also: mad, raving, stark

stare down

Cause someone to waver or give in by or as if by being stared at. For example, Insisting on a better room, he stared down the manager until he got it. This expression alludes to staring at someone without being the first to blink or lower one's gaze. [Mid-1800s]
See also: down, stare

stare in the face

Also, look in the face. Be glaringly obvious, although initially overlooked, as in The solution to the problem had been staring me in the face all along, or I wouldn't know a Tibetan terrier if it looked me in the face. [Late 1600s]
See also: face, stare

stark raving mad

Totally crazy, as in The constant uncertainty over his job is making him stark raving mad. This term, meaning "completely wildly insane," is used both hyperbolically and literally. Versions of this expression appear to have sprung from the minds of great literary figures. Stark mad was first recorded by poet John Skelton in 1489; stark raving was first recorded by playwright John Beaumont in 1648; stark staring mad was first used by John Dryden in 1693. The current wording, stark raving mad, first appeared in Henry Fielding's The Intriguing Chambermaid in 1734.
See also: mad, raving, stark

be staring someone in the face

If the facts about something are staring you in the face, they are very obvious, although you may not yet have realized this. Even when the evidence is staring them in the face they deliberately misread it. Sometimes you're trying to solve a complex problem, and you suddenly realise that the answer has been staring you in the face all along.
See also: face, stare

be staring something in the face

COMMON If you are staring a bad situation in the face, the situation is very likely to happen, or will happen soon. At 5-0 down, she was staring defeat in the face. Some of my patients are actually staring death in the face. Note: You can also say that the bad situation is staring you in the face. Failure was staring Marconi in the face.
See also: face, something, stare

be staring someone in the face

(of a fact or object) be glaringly apparent or obvious.
See also: face, stare

be staring something in the face

(of a person) be on the verge of defeat, death, or ruin.
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look/stare you in the ˈface

(usually used in progressive tenses) (of a fact, an answer, a situation, etc.) be obvious but not noticed: The answer to the problem had been staring her in the face for years but she hadn’t seen it.‘Where’s that book?’ ‘There in front of you, looking you in the face.’
See also: face, look, stare

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

stare something in the ˈface

be unable to avoid something: They were staring defeat in the face.
See also: face, something, stare

stare down

v.
To intimidate someone or cause someone to submit by staring: I was able to stare down the lion, and it turned and ran away. If your enemies try to stare you down, just smile back at them.
See also: down, stare

stare in the face

1. To be plainly visible or obvious to (one); force itself on (one's) attention: The money on the table was staring her in the face.
2. To be obvious to (one) though initially overlooked: The explanation had been staring him in the face all along.
3. To be imminent or unavoidable to (one): Bankruptcy now stares us in the face.
4. To be about to experience or undergo (something dire): We are staring bankruptcy in the face.
See also: face, stare
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Brian joked with Clare Balding on her chat show: "I was just staring at him as he looked back, and as he called security, "He was so sparkly that year, he was doing the gangster thing but honestly I just stared.
I used to lower my head when I went out, so I wouldn't get stared at and called names.
Friedman's empty fetishes, though, are juxtaposed with his 1992-97 piece 1,000 Hours of Staring, a square piece of white paper whose status as an art object rests with the artist's claim that he stared at the thing off and on for a thousand hours.
He just stared at her; and he could see it all there in her countenance, etched with the sharpness of print on paper.
If being stared at makes you feel uncomfortable, then whether you're male or female you should say something.
I returned it to him and stared forward, trying to process what had just happened.
Never mind that they were in a liberal-minded neighborhood; onlookers still stared and whispered nasty comments.
So I sat down at my computer and stared at it--and my computer with its rectangular and wickedly blank Cyclops eye stared back.
For a long moment, North just stared at the ground.
After this, Bonilla stared less often and for only seconds at a time (though, Birschtein claimed, his staring was now more angry than lustful), and no longer stopped his forklift near her workstation.
Vogeley of Princeton University concludes after analyzing variations in the faint background glow between galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field, the tiny patch of sky that the telescope stared at for 2 weeks in late 1995.
When I won I just stared and stared at the screen with my mouth wide open, thinking this is not real.
Every time I walked into court Black stared at me - and I stared back.