(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 gaze.”
“The American army in the central states remained wholly at gaze.” —
As the poor frighted deer, that stands at gaze, Wildly determining which way to fly.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894