stare (someone) in the eye(s)

idiom

Definition of stare (someone) in the eye(s)

chiefly US
: to look directly into the eyes of (someone)
  • She stared me in the eye and told me to leave.
sometimes used figuratively
  • They stared death in the eye and didn't flinch.

Word by Word Definitions

stare play
  1. : to look fixedly often with wide-open eyes

  2. : to show oneself conspicuously

  3. : to stand on end : bristle

  1. : the act or an instance of staring

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

eye play
  1. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

  2. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely

  1. : the 19th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic s

  1. sulfur

  1. — compare 1-es

  1. used to form adverbs denoting usual or repeated action or state

  1. — compare 2-es


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