stare down

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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
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With you." Let him think about it (without you staring him down or getting teary-eyed or trying to take it back).
"You'd like to get in there to feel it," Faldo said, "because if you want to beat Tiger, you've got to be comfortable getting into his world and then staring him down."
But while Bergamasco was often missing in action at Twickenham, preferring to clear out rucks rather than secure the ball, Ellis knows the imposing figure of Mike Phillips will be staring him down at close-range this afternoon.
The coach (Lombardi) had been confronted, the captain of the ship facing a mutinous crew, with the first mate (Gregg) staring him down face-to-face.
He was trapped lbw by former Middlesex bowler Chris Batt, who said: "Nasser did not like me staring him down and we exchanged a few words.