If you make eye contact with
someone, you look
at them at the same time as they look at you, so that you are both aware
that you are looking at each other. If you avoid eye contact with
someone, you deliberately do not look straight
at them because you feel awkward
She was looking at me across the room, and we made eye contact several times.
I spent a fruitless ten minutes walking up and down the high street, desperately avoiding
eye contact with passers-by.
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