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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.
See also: contemplate, navel

gaze at (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on or preoccupied with 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

navel-contemplation

The act of excessively focusing on one's personal problems or concerns, to the exclusion of other people or other issues. She said my navel-contemplation was one of the biggest reasons she broke up with me. If our party is going to be successful in the future, then we can't be dragged down by navel-contemplation about the loss of this election.

navel-gazing

The act of excessively focusing on one's personal problems or concerns, to the exclusion of other people or other issues. She said my navel-gazing was one of the biggest reasons she broke up with me. If our party is going to be successful in the future, then we can't be dragged down by navel-gazing about the loss of this election.

proud below the navel

outdated Having an erect penis. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I think that Sir Edgar grows proud below the navel every time he sees you, dear sister." B: "Oh, hush! Someone from the garden might hear us!"
See also: below, navel, proud

navel-gazing

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navel-contemplation

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.

contemplate your navel

spend time complacently considering yourself or your own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
See also: contemplate, navel
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Inspired by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's 1961 novel The Woman Who Had Two Navels, the country's official representation at the 16th International Venice Architecture Biennale, billed as "The City Who Had Two Navels," tackles how the Philippines' colonial past and the neoliberal era that affect the urban landscape of the present societies work together to shape and alter the identity of the country's built heritage and the culture of its people.
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Closer inspection reveals that they also lack nipples and navels. However, these mutations of the body are more idealizations than mutilations, more along the lines of those practiced by Polyclitus than by Jeffrey Dahmer.