Nancy Reagan gaze

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the attentive look Nancy Reagan was noted for fixing on her husband, Ronald Reagan, U.S. President from 1981 to 1989, when he made public appearances.[1]

Noun[edit]

Nancy Reagan gaze (plural Nancy Reagan gazes)

  1. A transfixed look upon a person taken as showing absolute devotion or affection.
    • 1989, Margaret Carlson, "I'M Nobody, Who Are You?", Time, May 8, 1989, ISSN 0040-781X:
      Pat Nixon held the title for most stoic [Washington] wife until Maureen Dean gave an Oscar-winning performance during her husband's Watergate testimony, sitting primly behind him, blond hair pulled back, holding the Nancy Reagan gaze before there was a Nancy Reagan gaze.
    • 1992, Laureen Hobbs, "The Industry & The Webs", Spy, December 1992/January 1993 p. 18 ISSN 0890-1759:
      Peter Chernin, the head Fox TV programmer, [...] will titularly replace Roth and serve as Murdoch's malleable functionary. He looks at his boss with a sort of adoring Nancy Reagan gaze.
    • 2011, Miriam Lord, "Hard to keep up the Nancy Reagan gaze when a rugby hero undresses", The Irish Times, February 12, 2011:
      Joan’s attention appeared to be wandering from her leader. Instead of fixing him with the requisite Nancy Reagan gaze, she kept sneaking glances out the window.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Up next for Nancy Reagan: tending her Ronnie's flame", St. Petersburg Times, 13 June 2004