far-off look

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far-off look

A facial expression or gaze that suggests that one is preoccupied by or contemplating something and not paying attention to one's current surroundings. Based on that far-off look on his face, I doubt he's heard a word I've said.
See also: look
References in classic literature ?
'Are you fond of the poets, Mr Mealing?' she said, with a far-off look.
She was so preoccupied that at first she did not know me, though she sat looking at me with that curious, bright-eyed, far-off look of hers.
But Ona seems scarcely to hear them--the music keeps calling, and the far-off look comes back, and she sits with her hands pressed together over her heart.