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’
- 1.1A 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’
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