navel-gazing navel-gazing


  • (n) literally, the contemplation of one's navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption


  1. And in the producers' follow-up high-school drama, the same navel-gazing was somehow more sympathetic and appropriate.
  2. In a decade when psychoanalysis was all the rage, and navel-gazing an epidemic, Paar paraded his neuroses, nearly nine hours each week, for his audience of 7 million.
  3. Quelle horreur! So while it may be unfair to accuse the Miss France jury of influence-peddling, they certainly appear guilty of navel-gazing.


  • Cal Thomas: Breakout from politics of the past

    Instead of more navel-gazing, Republicans and conservatives (they are not always the same) must seize the future rather than hold on to the past.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Newton Citizen


  1. But Mr Miliband, speaking at Labour's annual conference in Bournemouth, said: "Europe needs to look out, not in, to the problems beyond its borders that define insecurity within our borders. It doesn't need institutional navel-gazing and that is why...
    on Sep 25, 2007 By: David Miliband Source: BBC News

  2. "It's time to declare our time of introspection and navel-gazing officially over," Jindal said. "It's time to get on with the business of charting America's future. So, as of now, be it hereby resolved that we will focus on America's future,...
    on Mar 25, 2009 By: Bobby Jindal Source: CNN International

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