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gapers' block

Traffic congestion due to drivers' attention being simultaneously diverted to something, such as a collision or animals on or near the road. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. They were able to move the wreckage well off the road to allow cars to pass, but there remained a gaper's block on the highway for the better part of the morning.
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2) and the sample size was about 20 oysters/sample, plus gapers which were collected when found.
Samples included the collection of gapers (59 specimens).
On 10 November 2010, two individuals of the Indo-Pacific gaper Champsodon vorax were collected from the coastal waters of Beirut (33[degrees] 55' N; 35[degrees] 32' E).
cubicus, the establishment of the Indo-Pacific gaper Champsodon vorax in the eastern Mediterranean is now confirmed.
It's a tossup, kind of, between gapers and butter clams.
Liz Hurley The lovely Miss H looks divine, until someone tells her a joke - `Did you hear the one about Liz giving up wearing gusset gapers and carrying her very long son around as if he were an accessory?
Gapers like me who attend, artfully disguised as journalists, have plenty to see and hear.
I saw my mother's laughing face as she darted between jeering gapers and, behind her, the beer-suffused features of her angry pursuer.
The city-style gapers blockage was caused by a line of drivers who had stopped to get a close-up view of a bear that had wandered out near the road.
Although adult Pacific Gapers are not known to inhabit the area surrounding the former landfill, recreational fisherman may harvest juveniles in the area as they range in size from 4.
Fiction writers watch other humans sort of the way gapers slow down for car wrecks: they covet a vision of themselves as witnesses.
com, the Illinois IT Association (ITA), Gapers Block and Chicagoist have all added job boards to their Web sites and linked them up.
The Champsodontidae constitute a family of marine tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific fishes commonly known as gapers (Nelson 2006).
All live oysters, boxes, and gapers were counted to assess mortality and a subset of live measured each month to assess growth.
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