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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Well because it is a four wheel drive with seven seats and agreeable dead cow upholstery, it says to 'rent a communist', contemplating his navel outside Heathrow departures, that you are a planet-killing social parasite likely to be spending some time hanging around a lamp-post come the revolution.
Or, if you are the dumpee, do you change your status from "John Smith is contemplating his navel" to "John Smith is quite heartbroken actually and thinks Jane Bloggs is a (word that can't be printed in a family newspaper)"?
In the past I have seen Everton boss David Moyes standing contemplating his navel as he waited to face the written press.