He told me to work in the rain, but I stared him down.
(...but I kept staring at him until he left, he told me not go out in the rain, he changed his mind, etc.)
(2) someone or something was staring at me
I opened the door and found myself staring down the barrel of a shotgun.
(...and discovered someone was aiming a shotgun at me.)
(...and discovered a shotgun was being pointed at my head.)
(3) to have the consequence, result
If you rob a gas station, you could be staring at five years in prison.
(...you could sentenced to five years in prison.)