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stare down

1. To make direct and uninterrupted eye contact with someone in order to intimidate them or cause them to yield. She just walked up to the boss, stared him down, and told him she deserved a raise—I could never do something so gutsy! The big, burly guy kept staring me down, but I wasn't afraid.
2. To confront a situation or issue directly. These brave women stared down injustice and won the right to vote.
See also: down, stare

stare someone down

to pressure someone to capitulate, back down, or yield by staring. Don't try to stare me down. I have nerves of steel. I tried to stare down my opponent, but it didn't work.
See also: down, stare

stare down

Cause someone to waver or give in by or as if by being stared at. For example, Insisting on a better room, he stared down the manager until he got it. This expression alludes to staring at someone without being the first to blink or lower one's gaze. [Mid-1800s]
See also: down, stare

stare down

v.
To intimidate someone or cause someone to submit by staring: I was able to stare down the lion, and it turned and ran away. If your enemies try to stare you down, just smile back at them.
See also: down, stare
References in classic literature ?
Another good plan, which David and I sometimes follow, is to stare them down. After a long time they can't help winking, and then you know for certain that they are fairies.
Apparently the birds are less likely to snatch a sandwich or burger out of your hand if you stare them down.
And the answer is simple it seems - just look them in the eye and stare them down. The team of scientists made the discovery in a series of experiments at resorts in Cornwall.
"But if he does get any of that I think he's the type of chap to just stare them down."
"Some people call them flying rats, but I love seagulls, the way they perve over your food with their sideways eyes, then do that indignant shuffle when you turn to stare them down, denying that they want your chips.
Will Obama stare them down and become the first president to cut federal aid to education from the levels reached in his first year in office?
Next time it happens, march right up there, clear your throat in a dramatic manner and say: "Excuse me, I don't know if you're aware of this," and point to the signs saying quiet carriage that are helpfully displayed every couple of yards along the carriage, Stare them down. Don't let them think they have humbled you.
If, during the course of the season - and it's the same at any football club whether you are competiting for championships, European places or battling relegation - there will come a time when you have got to stare down your players in the dressing room, albeit that they may be physically or mentally broken, you will stare them down and you will demand an extra five per cent from each and everyone of them.
"We're definitely prepared to stare them down," says Ball.
You think they are hiding something or are afraid.) However, do not stare them down. That is just as disconcerting as never looking at them.
And there is an opening there for a team to really go at them, stare them down and ruffle their feathers by sustaining that physicality - to get in their faces and stay there.