Idioms about stare
- (especially of something undesirable) to be patently or compellingly obvious: Sounds like a far-fetched theory, but when the evidence is staring you in the face, you have to take notice.
- to be urgent or impending; be about to happen: The income tax deadline is staring us in the face.
- having (a firearm) aimed at one, especially at close range: He turned his head and found himself staring down the barrel of a rifle.
- facing (a threat, challenging situation, or imminent disaster): Motorists are staring down the barrel of a major hike in the price of fuel.
Origin of stare
synonym study for stare
OTHER WORDS FROM starestar·er, noun
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How to use stare in a sentence
They couldn’t have — not with the quiet of the gym when Notre Dame players sank free throws and the bored stares in the stands when officials blew their whistles against the home team.Howard sees its basketball fantasy come to life slowly in showcase game against Notre Dame|Candace Buckner|January 18, 2022|Washington Post
I gave that boyfriend a long flat stare, then set my eyes on the ceiling until he knew to walk away.
I would ask her the difference between a small and a medium tomato and she would just give me this blank stare.David Chang and Priya Krishna Want You to Get Over Recipes|Lucy Feldman|October 14, 2021|Time
One cicada even landed on top of my muzzle and looked me in the eyes with a cold stare.
"How low this Court's respect for stare decisis has sunk," Sotomayor wrote.Supreme Court rules against juvenile sentenced to life without parole|Robert Barnes|April 22, 2021|Washington Post
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.
Then he's quiet, while I, nonplussed, just stare until he adds, “The camera must never move.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the case of Steven Eugene Washington, nothing more than a blank stare made him a target for police bullets.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The teen refused to drop his knife, according to officers, fixed them with “a 100-yard stare,” and walked toward them.
“Hell yeah,” he says with a smile and a piercing, blue-eyed stare.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star|Emily Shire|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blanche sat there with her little excited, yet innocent—too innocent—stare; her eyes followed Mrs. Vivian's.Confidence|Henry James
At the station the head porter received their inquiry for a Bradshaw with a dull stare and a shake of the head.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Among others, an Abb thrice lifted his fork to his mouth, and thrice laid it down, with an eager stare of surprise.
The poor child didn't understand why Teacher Thomas should stare so at her, and she let out one long, unending bleat.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Jessie forbade her chum to tell, by a hard stare and a determined shake of her head.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose