stare at

stare at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to gaze or gawk at someone or something in an intense, prolonged, or steadfast manner. I just stared at the eviction notice in disbelief. Some guy at the bar has been staring at me all night.
2. To face, confront, or be forced to deal with some unavoidable and unpleasant future outcome or development. Usually used in the continuous tense. We're staring at a major deficit in the budget, and you want to decrease taxes? Doctors are warning that we will be staring at a public health crisis if we don't adjust our diets and lifestyles soon.
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stare at someone or something

to look fixedly at someone or something. Why are you staring at me? I was staring at the scenery behind you.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
He came round with a start, and staggered back a few paces to stare at me.
He leaned back in his chair and, folding his arms across his chest, continued to stare at me squarely.
In a moment Strickland looked away and idly surveyed the ceiling, but she continued to stare at him, and now her look was quite inexplicable.
Their two great symbols are the sun and the open eye; for they say that if a man were really healthy he could stare at the sun."
"If a man were really healthy," said Father Brown, "he would not bother to stare at it."
People only think they need these things because they have been trained in fear instead of being trained in power and courage, just as the silly nurses tell children not to stare at the sun, and so they can't do it without blinking.
It came with this precious prophet, or whatever he calls himself, who taught her to stare at the hot sun with the naked eye.
She walked slowly down this place and stared at the faces which also seemed to stare at her.
A broad window with leaded panes looked out upon the moor; and over the mantel was another portrait of the stiff, plain little girl who seemed to stare at her more curiously than ever.
"If boys would not stare at girls than whom they should stare at.
I see it everywhere - couples ignoring each other to stare at their phones, mums ignoring their kids playing in the park while they're on their phones, people out for dinner or lunch together, staring at their phones.
They stare at me too much.I am trying to narrow down the possible reasons they keep staring.
According to local media reports, Tonghang allegedly drove his car near a warehouse and loudly honked his horn, prompting the workers to stare at him.
However, her mum Amber Ibrahim, from Sheldon, is fed-up with people who keep stopping to stare at the sevenmonth-old.
She couldn't help but stare at him And he just stared right back.