Meaning of “be staring at sth” in the English Dictionary

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"be staring at sth" in British English

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be staring at sth

If you are staring at a bad situation or problem, you know you must experience it or deal with it very soon:

By late in the first half the team was staring at almost certain defeat.

(Definition of “be staring at sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)