I read a sentence which was:

A lack of dignified employment, non payment of adequate wages on time and insufficient food mean that the family of four is in a dicey situation and staring at starvation.

What is the meaning of staring at starvation in the sentence?


According to the Cambridge Dictionary

be staring at something

If you are staring at a bad situation or problem, you know you must experience it or deal with it very soon:

By late in the first half the team was staring at almost certain defeat.

In the Oxford Dictionary, we found a related phrase

be staring something in the face

Be on the verge of defeat, death, or another unpleasant fate.

In your sentence the unpleasant fate / bad situation is starvation. That family is going to face starvation soon if their problems are not solved.

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