Definitions

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  • n. A confrontation in which each party waits for the other to yield

Etymologies

stare +‎ down (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Watching the Showtime pre-fight documentaries, there's a telling moment when Froch is getting out of a car with his manager prior to the taping of the "staredown", and in all boredom asks him, "Is this going to get heated, because I'm not in the mood...", which says more about the general tenor of the build-up than any montage set to martial music.

    Andre Ward beats Carl Froch - as it happened! | Graham Parker

  • Because in Game 3 of this pivotal line-in-the-sand staredown between ancient rivals, C.C. Sabathia was in the house.

    One Season

  • Minutes later, coach Tom Coughlin said it "seems like there's chapters" to this protracted staredown.

    A Giant Soap Opera Engulfs Camp

  • The Audis of Germany will battle the Peugeots of France in what has become the most intense global staredown in car racing.

    French Speed vs. German Muscle

  • We got into a staredown with the Russian bear and we blinked. ...

    Our European Allies

  • I'm going to slap him in the face in meetings for saying that, Tollefson said, still sending the staredown his fellow defensive end's way.

    The Saddest Man in the Locker Room

  • New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Mr. Ortiz was involved in a "staredown" with a rival near the Bushwick Houses at 140 Moore St. Mr. Kelly said Mr. Ortiz fired two shots during that altercation around 9 p.m.

    Charges in Shooting

  • Aidan interrupted while continuing his smoldering staredown.

    Earl of Durkness

  • It's going to be a staredown between the Nats and Bryce Harper, writes Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

    Bryce Harper gives Nationals another chance to step forward

  • After officials conferred, the call stood and Bogut, who finished with 20 points, was ejected for his second technical after picking up one 5 minutes earlier in the quarter on a staredown with Leon Powe.

    USATODAY.com

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