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 ?
If I suddenly asked him what he wanted, he would make me no answer, but continue staring at me persistently for some seconds, then, with a peculiar compression of his lips and a most significant air, deliberately turn round and deliberately go back to his room.
But I did not notice the door from the passage softly and slowly open at that instant and a figure come in, stop short, and begin staring at us in perplexity I glanced, nearly swooned with shame, and rushed back to my room.
The common round the sand pits was dotted with people, stand- ing like myself in a half-fascinated terror, staring at these creatures, or rather at the heaped gravel at the edge of the pit in which they lay.
"I wonder!" said he, leaning back and staring at the ceiling.
I was staring at the strange message which I had scrawled, as he deciphered it, upon a sheet of foolscap on my knee.
We were alone, and he had been staring at me a long time, when all at once, up he got, as pale as death, and came close up to me, to my great terror.
Wash Williams stopped and stood staring at George Willard.
Grief, despair, rage, overwhelmed him--what was any imagination of the thing to this heartbreaking, crushing reality of it--to the sight of strange people living in his house, hanging their curtains to his windows, staring at him with hostile eyes!
In the room he sank into a chair, trembling like a leaf, Marija still holding him, and the women staring at him in dumb, helpless fright.
Humans do this very thing, and some of them call it "free will." Cocky, staring at the open door, was in just the stage of determining whether or not he should more closely inspect that crack of exit to the wider world, which inspection, in turn, would determine whether or not he should venture out through the crack, when his eyes beheld the eyes of the second discoverer staring in.
Dubai: A man has been charged with knocking a biker off his motorcycle for staring at his sister while they were waiting at a traffic signal, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Sunday.
We can't sit and watch a TV show together, let alone a film, because he's just staring at his phone the whole time.
A brigadier general who allegedly pistol-whipped a man on the street for staring at him is behind bars after being charged with intentional violence on Saturday.
In an interview with CNA, he shared his secret of winning the competition was to "find a place to look at and keep staring at it."