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Language: Old English
Origin: starian

stare

1 verb
     
stare1 S3 W2 [intransitive]
1 to look at something or someone for a long time without moving your eyes, for example because you are surprised, angry, or bored
stare at
What are you staring at?
She sat there staring into space (=looking for a long time at nothing).
2

be staring somebody in the face

a) informal if something is staring you in the face, it is very clear or easy to notice but you have not noticed it:
The solution was staring me right in the face all along.
b) to seem impossible to avoid:
Defeat was staring us in the face.

➔ stark staring mad

at stark2 (2)

stare somebody out

phrasal verb
to look at someone for so long that they start to feel uncomfortable and look away

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