stare into

stare into something

to gaze fixedly into something. she just sat there, staring into space. Tom stared into the water, hoping to see a fish or maybe a turtle.
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According to the rules, contestants had to stare into blankly for long hours without talking, sleeping, laughing or using smartphones.
Poised between numbness and agitation, they stare into space like bit players whose roles are nonnegotiable though ambiguous.