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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.
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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.
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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]
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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
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He has already stared them down over easing labour laws.
Obama stared them down and expanded charter schools anyway.
"The Indians stared them down."The Council's permanent members have traditionally had a judge in the ICJ, assuming it to be a matter of right.
"The Indians stared them down." The Council's permanent members have traditionally had a judge in the ICJ, assuming it to be a matter of right.
Kone put in a transfer request amid interest from Everton and West Ham United last August, only to sign a new four-year contract when Sunderland stared them down.
When the City have tried to rein him in at various points since the 2007 flotation of Sports Direct shares, Ashley has always stared them down. He has become used to winning.
If he was fortunate that the Aussies book-ended the 2009 Ashes series with uncharacteristic charity, failing to dislodge last pair Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson in Cardiff and picking a side without a spinner at The Oval, Strauss stared them down in their own back yard in 2010-11 and administered a firm beating," Walters wrote in his article for the Daily Mirror.
Then Capello - whose fury is believed to have stemmed from pictures being taken of his stars on their Tuesday safari - stood right in front of the snappers and stared them down.
They al lowed Glenn Roeder to become manager at Newcastle and Middlesbrough stared them down over Gareth Southgate.