navel-gazing


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Related to navel-gazing: omphaloskepsis, contemplate navel

navel-gazing

useless or excessive self-contemplation
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na·vel-gaz·ing

(nā′vəl-gā′zĭng)
n. Slang
Excessive introspection, self-absorption, or concentration on a single issue.
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navel-gazing

n
informal self-absorbed behaviour
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Noun1.navel-gazing - literally, the contemplation of one's navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption
self-absorption - preoccupation with yourself to the exclusion of everything else
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Translations

navel-gazing

[ˈneɪvəlgeɪzɪŋ] N (pej) → ombliguismo m, autocontemplación f
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navel-gazing

n (pej)Nabelschau f
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"We simply do not have the luxury of weeks of navel-gazing" - Communities Secretary James Brokenshire urges outsiders to pull out of the race for Number 10.
"We simply do not have the luxury of weeks of navel-gazing" Communities Secretary James Brokenshire urges outsiders to pull out of the race for Number 10.
His leadership launch came as Cabinet minister James Brokenshire called for outsiders in Conservative leadership contest to stand aside, warning that the party did not have "the luxury of weeks of navel-gazing" as the current 13-strong field is whittled down to a final two.
A couple of songs bear the burden of overwrought lyrics, the kind that call too much attention to themselves -- like David Crosby at his navel-gazing worst.
HH HHH THE central character of Mike White's navel-gazing picture is a narcissist and neurotic, gripped by a nasty case of social media envy.
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But Chancellor Philip Hammond insisted: "We should stop navel-gazing and get on with the job in hand."
Labour's Jon Trickett said May's political authority was "shot," but Chancellor Philip Hammond insisted: "We should stop navel-gazing and get on with the job in hand."
A tumultuous new time in socio-political-journalistic life warrants some navel-gazing and much more focused thought and action, so we lead off the 2017 issues with some views on that.--John McClelland retired, Roosevelt University john.r.mcclelland@gmail.com
Explosions of violence don't always serve the ramshackle narrative and moral conundrums about meeting force with greater force are lost among the navel-gazing and gratuitous nudity.
As the title of the performance Omfalos, which translates into navel in English, suggests, this is an event about navel-gazing, or more precisely, it invites the spectator to go beyond navel-gazing and adopt a wider view.