navel-gazing :

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

  • Instead of navel-gazing, Australia and New Zealand should focus on looking outward together, using their enduring relationship .
  • 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.
  • And in the producers' follow-up high-school drama, the same navel-gazing was somehow more sympathetic and appropriate.

  • David Miliband in BBC News
    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...
  • Bobby Jindal in CNN International
    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,...

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