stare down

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v. stared, star·ing, stares
To look directly, fixedly, or vacantly, often with a wide-eyed gaze. See Synonyms at gaze.
To look at directly and fixedly: stared him in the eyes.
An intent gaze.
Phrasal Verb:
stare down
1. To stare at (a person or animal) until that person or animal blinks or turns away.
2. To confront boldly or overcome by direct action: stared down his opponents.
stare in the face
1. To be plainly visible or obvious to (one); force itself on (one's) attention: The money on the table was staring her in the face.
2. To be obvious to (one) though initially overlooked: The explanation had been staring him in the face all along.
3. To be imminent or unavoidable to (one): Bankruptcy now stares us in the face.
4. To be about to experience or undergo (something dire): We are staring bankruptcy in the face.

[Middle English staren, from Old English starian; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

star′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.stare down - overcome or cause to waver or submit by (or as if by) staring; "He simply stared down his opponent"
gaze, stare - look at with fixed eyes; "The students stared at the teacher with amazement"
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References in classic literature ?
Sometimes he poised himself in the air, listening intently, with his hand to his ear, and again he would stare down with eyes so bright that they seemed to bore two holes to earth.
Not an opponent who tried to employ mind games during a stare down.
Looking sizzling hot in a red halterneck dress with thigh high split, the mum of two can be seen leaning on a desk as she gives an icy stare down the camera.