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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.
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So I got to the site before dawn, set up my camera, and then lay down in the tall grass to take a nap." He awoke to find a ring of cows staring down at him.
The revelation it holds for readers of today is how strenuously Friedan had to work to advance the radical idea that women were unsatisfied by lives that had no dimension beyond husband and children; what a crowd of shibboleths she was staring down, and how brave it was of her to do it.
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The Scarlets are staring down the barrel of a European whitewash following four successive defeats.
Shingi Mazaiwana found himself staring down the barrel of a gun when a hooded thug burst into his store.
Her resentment only grows as she begins to feel like a third wheel, but when they stumble across a farmhouse, they soon run into trouble as Bart finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun.
Phil, a pupil at Hebburn's St Joseph's RC Comprehensive, said: "I found myself staring down the barrel of a gun.
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As 2006 got started, the popular and usually sober weather forecasting service Accu-Weather predicted 15 to 17 named storms and said that the United States was "staring down the barrel of a gun" this hurricane season.
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Hirsch Perlman's project The Layman's Practical Guide to Interrogation offers strategies for questioning others, including the one outlined in "Silent" Technique (all works 1992) whereby information is elicited simply by staring down one's interlocutor.