(1 syl., g hard). To stand at gaze. To stand in
doubt what to do. A term in forestry. When a stag first hears the
hounds it stands dazed, looking all round, and in doubt what to do.
Heralds call a stag which is represented full-faced, a “stag at
“The American army in the central states remained wholly at gaze.” —Lord Mahon: History.
As the poor frighted deer, that stands at gaze,
Wildly determining which way to fly.
Shakespeare: Rape of Lucrece,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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