stare down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stare down overcome or cause to waver or submit by (or as if by) staring "He simply stared down his opponent"
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Idioms

Stare down the barrel of a gun - If someone is staring down the barrel of a gun, there's a high risk of something very bad happening.
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Usage

In literature:

Warrington stared down at the purser, equally enchanted.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
He stared down at it, seeing it rise with the heaving of his lungs.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
Glancing up, he saw Ricky staring down at him, open-mouthed.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
But she stayed at the window, staring down into the street.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Lieutenant Sutch pushed his fingers through his beard, and stared down at his companion.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Together they stared down the road.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Harrison stared at him dumfounded, chin down and jutting, his hand hovering longingly close to the butt of a revolver.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
The nurse put you in my arms, and I walked very carefully into my mother's room with you and stood staring down at you asleep.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
When we reached the cemetery and sat down to rest they formed a circle round us and stared at us.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He stared down at Lucrezia with a half-contemptuous humor, and she up at him with a wide-eyed, unconcealed adoration.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
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In poetry:

Through leaves in yellow terror,
Its way swept clear, I see
That winter from the hillside
Is staring down at me.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
Look! there's a young one, dreaming not of danger
Sees a flat log come floating down the stream;
Stares undismayed upon the harmless stranger;
Ah! were all strangers harmless as they seem!
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then she that watched him, 'Wherefore stare ye so?
Thou shakest in thy fear: there yet is time:
Flee down the valley before he get to horse.
Who will cry shame? Thou art not knight but knave.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Fiery antlers toss within the forests of heaven
And ocean’s plaintive towns
Echo the tread of celestial feet.
O the beautiful eyes stare down…
What have we done that we are blessèd?
What have we died that we hasten to God?
"Irkalla's White Caves" by Kenneth Patchen
A shadowed form before the light,
A gleaming face against the night,
Clutched hands across a halo bright
Of blowing hair,—her fixed sight
Stares down where moving black, below,
The river's deathly waves in murmurous silence flow.
"The Suicide" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
People hurry by, for these are only shoes, and in a window, farther down,
is a big lotus bud of cardboard whose petals open every few minutes
and reveal a wax doll, with staring bead eyes and flaxen hair,
lolling awkwardly in its flower chair.
"Towns in Colour" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Is Obama ready for a stare-down with China.
Anti-malware Vendors Stare Down Microsoft Threat.
But after Saturday night's 24-21 loss to rival Utah, Mendenhall gave one suspenders-wearing Ute fan a pretty good stare down and takes a step or two toward the fan after the fan apparently taunted him.
BYU's Mendenhall Stares Down Taunting Ute Fan.
James P Hoffa, that is -- the current Teamsters boss and the one man who has stared down Goldman Sachs and the big-money crowd on Wall Street and come out a winner.
Staring down a steep hill and plunging off the top…I can just feel my heart beating faster thinking about it.
Woods stares down reporter over Haney book.
The Blues were staring down their first potential defeat at Stamford Bridge in almost two years.
An Escondido store manager stared down the barrel of a rifle before he decided to take matters into his own hands.
The members of Yung Life straddled an indie-rock fence staring down at two distinct groups of influences.
Washington stares down 'fiscal cliff' crisis after election.
What Giants pitchers do is get outs, stare down hitters, dominate games and make World Series history.
Keep staring down the school at the other end of Main Street.
Christopher Scott Wilson looks down at his skin and contemplates what to do about the murderer staring back at him.
Saturday night, Tri-Valley stared down adversity and rose to the occasion for a 10th time in 2012.
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