look (off) into space

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look (off) into space

To stare vacantly or absentmindedly at nothing in particular, usually while one is preoccupied with or distracted by thoughts of something else. I sat at the back of class, looking off into space, when suddenly the solution came to me. He just looked into space as his parents lectured him on the importance of paying attention during class.
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References in classic literature ?
His companions stood silently looking into space. The object grew rapidly as it approached them, and by an optical illusion the projectile seemed to be throwing itself before it.
Maggie saw her old self leaning on a table, with her black locks hanging down behind her ears, looking into space, with strange, dreamy eyes.
"One day I sat down and watched Bacchus seated on the hearthrug, with his moony eyes looking into space so thoughtfully and patiently that I apologized for comparing you to him.
Another thing that really bugs me: We forget that African Americans have a proud history of looking into space and looking at the stars.
The complete set includes The Computer: Passport To The Digital Age (032396492), The Printing Press: An Information Revolution (023564884), The Radio: The World Tunes In (082396-4914), The Steam Engine: Fueling The Industrial Revolution (0823964906), The Telescope: Looking Into Space (082396-4892), and The Television: Window To The World (023964930.
For some, that adds up to 18 working days a year sitting in front of a computer looking into space.