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    stare off

    Does "stare off" mean the same as "stare off into space"

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    Re: stare off

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    Does "stare off" mean the same as "stare off into space"
    As usual, it depends on context.

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    Re: stare off

    So "stare off" is short for "stare off into space". Thanks!

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    Re: stare off

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    So "stare off" is short for "stare off into space". Thanks!
    That is not what emsr2dt said.

    The second example in COCA is: She stared off into the crowd as if looking for someone. There is no staring off into space there.

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    Re: stare off

    The correctness of "stare off into space" is indisputably proven by many dictionaries.
    So "stare off" only exists in certain parts of the English speaking world.

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    Re: stare off

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    The correctness of "stare off into space" is indisputably proven by many dictionaries.
    So "stare off" only exists in certain parts of the English speaking world.
    Stare off is very commonly collocated with into space and into the distance. Nobody has disputed that, though dictionaries do not 'indisputably prove' anything.

    Your second sentence, ignoring the misplaced 'only', is just not true.

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    Re: stare off

    Vil, I cannot see anything helpful in that link.

    What point are you making?

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Aug-2011 at 18:04.

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    Re: stare off

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Stare off is very commonly collocated with into space and into the distance. Nobody has disputed that, though dictionaries do not 'indisputably prove' anything.

    Your second sentence, ignoring the misplaced 'only', is just not true.
    So "stare off", in the sense of "stare off into space", could never be used by itself?

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    Re: stare off

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    So "stare off", in the sense of "stare off into space", could never be used by itself?
    Nobody has said that. That is the second time in this thread that you have jumped to a conclusion that nobody has even implied. COCA gives several examples in which 'stare off' is used in a way that suggests the idea of 'staring off into space.

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