contemplate (one's) navel

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contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
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contemplate your navel

spend time complacently considering yourself or your own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
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They've either passed us by, or they stay around their home star systems and contemplate their navels," Hair said.
I regard it as therapy, all those stars who head off to far flung retreats to contemplate their navels from the lotus position and find themselves at this time of year could get the same effect in Cumbernauld or any one of so many towns in Scotland.
Italians talk too much and contemplate their navels," said Leboeuf.
Explorers, adventurers and daredevils across the world - including Richard Branson - are now left to contemplate their navels and mumble: "Er .