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With or having a fierce intensity in one's expression. The teacher fixed a steely-eyed gaze upon me when I started joking around during class. I could feel my ex-girlfriend staring at me, steely-eyed, from across the bar.


Calm and unflappable under pressure. I asked my brother to come to court with me because he is always steely-nerved in stressful situations. Gina needs to be steely-nerved to deal with all that rejection that comes with being an actress.

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
See also: gaze, steely
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So many times in the past they have lost early season games like this one but there seems to be an even more powerful steeliness to the Eagles than ever before.
Newcomers Gilman and Hayward are magnificent, capturing the vulnerability, steeliness and sweet affection of their runaways.
Moonrise Kingdom rests heavily on the shoulders of newcomers Gilman and Hayward who are magnificent, capturing their characters' vulnerability, steeliness and affection.
Colombian Falla had to fight through three qualifiers and has shown an impressive steeliness for a player not exactly used to the latter stages of big tournaments.
We've lost some of that steeliness that we built up over time.
It was an electrifying performance, revealing the steeliness and vulnerability of a young woman who inherited a country silently at war with itself.
Bullock tempers her usual perkiness with an air of sadness and desperation while Reeves brings steeliness to his prodigal son.
The international cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Janet McTeer as two sexually volatile (but otherwise very different) American women, Romane Bohringer as a smart and angry French one, and Lia Williams as a mousy English wife whom adversity invests with an undiscovered moral steeliness.
But the steeliness and resolve of a united team was evident in how they went to their manager Brian Cuthbert at the end and in their demeanour to each other.
Chelsea showed a steeliness reminiscent of Mourinho's first team at the Emirates Stadium to frustrate Arsenal.
Will Packwood, defender "In the hours after the incident when he broke his leg, you could see in the hospital his steeliness and his desire to want to get back.
Sense it in the steeliness of his glare when he emerged for the second half.
Some have questioned where his quiet steeliness may have come from.
On the finish the steeliness to the backnote strikes its tone in this elegant wine.
Their new-found steeliness was on show when grinding out a 2-2 draw with ten men against Arsenal last time out and they are unbeaten in four matches, including draws against notorious battlers Everton and Stoke.