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gaze open-mouthed

To stare intently at something or someone, often because one is awestruck or dumbfounded. I couldn't help but gaze open-mouthed at the beautiful sunrise.
See also: gaze

gaze at (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy gazing at his navel to help anybody else.
See also: gaze, navel

contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Primarily heard in UK. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
See also: contemplate, navel

gaze around (at someone or something)

to look all around at someone or something. The manager gazed around at each of us, and finally spoke. Tourists gazed around at the scenery for a while and got back in the bus. We just stood there, gazing around.
See also: around, gaze

gaze at someone or something

to stare at someone or something. I stood for an hour, gazing at the sea. She gazed at me for a moment and then smiled.
See also: gaze

gaze on someone or something

to look at someone or something; to survey someone or something. She gazed sullenly on the ruin that had been her home. The teacher gazed on the student and frightened her.
See also: gaze, on

gaze out on something

to look out on something, such as a lovely view, from inside a building or from a particular spot. She gazed out on the flowering trees and knew that life would go on. Henry sat for hours, gazing out on the lake.
See also: gaze, on, out

rivet one's gaze on someone or something

 and rivet one's glare on someone or something
Fig. to fasten one's gaze onto someone or something. (As if it were attached by rivets.) He riveted his gaze on the surly young man. Walter riveted his hateful glare on the last page of the contract and sneered.
See also: gaze, on, rivet

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
See also: gaze, steely




If you accuse someone of navel-gazing or navel-contemplation, you are criticizing them for thinking only about themselves and their own problems or activities, rather than the problems or activities of other people. Tory MP Martin Brison says he is more interested in developing policies for the future than in navel-gazing about the past. He called for an end to Labor's post-election navel-gazing. Note: Navel-gazing can be used before a noun. The film is a sort of navel-gazing look at Hollywood. Note: You can also say that someone gazes at their navel or contemplates their navel. The Institute has always been notorious for contemplating its own navel. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval. Note: Your navel is your tummy button or belly button.

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
References in classic literature ?
And once, a minute later, he raised his head with a sudden startle and gazed inquiringly at her.
Comrade Ossipon gazed at it as no lover ever gazed at his mistress's face.
I let my intellect take a vacation and just gazed at what was before me.
Miho and I are big dog lovers and feel something changed in our bodies when gazed [upon] by our dogs," New Scientist magazine quoted Kikusui as saying.
My research has demonstrated that people will shift their attention automatically to a location gazed at by a cartoon face presented on a computer screen--even when the face's gaze direction provides no meaningful or useful information.
Miss Tabby said: ``Stop here'' and gazed in my face.
She shows her womanhood, a far different sight than that gazed upon by the m en, who see not Janie's presence but their own desire, desire which her body is expected to satisfy.
The power of appropriation lies not just with the father, then -- but with the mother as well, who, in the son's eyes, gazes at the father in a way the son would like to be gazed at, so, in a good parental relationship, son wants to be like his father because of the way mother has treated father.
Ferdinand III and you look at the same face native people and mission fathers gazed at perhaps as long as 200 years ago.
Whenever I gazed at the Hummel, I thought of the flight to Egypt and my mother's tears, and I felt unabashedly sorry for myself.
The unanestheticized baby gazed across the room to what I took to be the centerpiece or fulcrum of the installation: a large blue-filtered, gold-framed photograph of the Winged Victory fountain in Las Vegas.