Idioms

    stare one in the face, to be urgent or impending; confront: The income-tax deadline is staring us in the face.

Origin of stare

before 900; Middle English staren, Old English starian; cognate with Dutch staren, German starren, Old Norse stara; akin to stark, starve

SYNONYMS FOR stare

1 See gaze.

Related forms

star·er, nounstar·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for stare down (1 of 2)

stare

1
/ (stɛə) /

verb

(intr often foll by at) to look or gaze fixedly, often with hostility or rudeness
(intr) (of an animal's fur, bird's feathers, etc) to stand on end because of fear, ill health, etc
(intr) to stand out as obvious; glare
stare one in the face to be glaringly obvious or imminent

noun

the act or an instance of staring

Derived Forms

starer, noun

Word Origin for stare

Old English starian; related to Old Norse stara, Old High German starēn to stare, Greek stereos stiff, Latin consternāre to confuse

British Dictionary definitions for stare down (2 of 2)

stare

2
/ (stɛə) /

noun

dialect a starling

Word Origin for stare

Old English stær
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Idioms and Phrases with stare down

stare down


Cause someone to waver or give in by or as if by being stared at. For example, Insisting on a better room, he stared down the manager until he got it. This expression alludes to staring at someone without being the first to blink or lower one's gaze. [Mid-1800s]

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