stare at (someone or something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there.
So we stared at one another for two minutes; at last he turned with deliberation and dignity and went back again for two hours.
He would not go away, but stared at us sarcastically.
I stared at her weather-beaten side heeling steeply towards me; and then she passed out of my range of view.
Razumov dropped into a chair, let fall his stick, and propped on his elbows, his head between his hands, stared at me persistently, openly, and continuously, while I signalled the waiter and ordered some beer.
I stared at him, and I must say that he returned my stare without winking for quite a considerable time.
He leaned upon his hand, with his untasted breakfast before him, and he stared at the slip of paper which he had just drawn from its envelope.
He never grew used to my being there, stared at me continually (sometimes, I could have thought, with terror), and more than once drew back from my hand when I was serving him.
In a commercial town, like New York, the failure of a reputed millionaire, could not long remain a secret, and every body stared at the wife and daughter, and me; first, as if they had never seen the wives and daughters of bankrupts before; and second, as if they had never seen them surrounded by the evidences of their extravagance.
Feeling their gaze, she raised her own, and for a moment they stared at one another.
The woman stared at him in frightened wonder, she must have thought she was dealing with a maniac--Jurgis looked like one.
At the sound of his wife's voice he stopped and stared at her with a somnambulistic, expressionless gaze so long that Mrs Verloc moved her limbs slightly under the bed-clothes.
Which the driver (knowing there was no other fare left inside) stared at prodigiously.
He spoke with the brain-shaking authority of an orator, and Flambeau and Joan Stacey stared at him in amazed admiration.
She walked slowly down this place and stared at the faces which also seemed to stare at her.