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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I'm writing all this because I think you should not leave the university because of some mannerless dolts staring you down and I wanted to get my message to you.
What's tougher then a well-toned boxer staring you down? What's more memorable then a boxer wearing bright pink trunks?
It is one thing to follow a dark and mazy corridor into a white room where rotating fly agaric mushrooms dangle from the ceiling; it is another to enter the space with a gruff guard staring you down. You police the obvious impulse, which is not just to appreciate Carsten Holler's playful interrogation of perception, with its Eleusinian echoes, but to run around and take snapshots of your companions.