Definition of staredown in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsterˌdoun/ /ˈstɛrˌdaʊn/


  • 1US A situation in which two individuals stare at each other, typically in a hostile or intimidating way, until one is no longer able to maintain eye contact and feels forced to look away.

    • ‘he won his staredown with Matt’
    1. 1.1A confrontation between two parties in which neither side is prepared to back down.
      • ‘both sides are urging quick action but offering no compromises in a political staredown that shows no signs of breaking’