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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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Wastebasket gaper, shadow of doorway" ("Poem for a Birthday").
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).
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his wife Emine Erdogan, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay, Turkish State Minister Mehmet Saglam, Istanbul Governor HE-seyin Avni Mutlu, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir TopbaE-, Zaman Daily news Gaper General Manager Ekrem Dumanli, Haber Turk Newspaper Editor in Chief Fatih Altayli, Aksam Newspaper Editor in Chief Ismail Kucukkaya and many people from business and art world were also attended the meeting.
As did Ambrose with the bat, and he will never forget the gaper he dropped at the start of the match.
To the extent that the reader is led to identify with the investigator, or sidekick, and not the crowd, the gesture may also reassure the reader that she, too, occupies this superior position and not that of the vulgar gapers. In general, "objectless" or "idle" curiosity is presented as vulgar in two senses, from both of which the reader--whose position clearly mirrors the gaper's in certain respects--must be rescued.
"Beach wildlife such as gaper clams and peacock worms are also at risk."
For Liston, there is a movement between "the passive, affective, gaper or gawker" who reasserts and gives in, in Walter Benjamin's terms, to the dreamlike phantasmagoria of consumer culture, and his opposite, the "active, intelligent observer" who awakes from the dream and ruptures a veil of ideology (60).
Edmond's changing behaviour in response to the events surrounding him see him move between the viewing position of the active, intelligent observer and that of the passive, affective, gaper or gawker, the badaud.
However, the following words have gone unnoticed: Karelian haikko (KKS) 'loiterer, incapable person' and Vepsian haikoi (CBSI) 'gaper, clumsy, idiot'.
One composite sample of juvenile Pacific Gaper clams (Tresus nuttallii) was collected approximately 300 feet from the northwest corner of the adjacent wetland during low tide.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Results of a survey of gaper, butter, cockle and native littleneck clams in Coos Bay will be discussed, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston.
In addition, Huffington Post Chicago, Capitol Fax, Gaper's Block, the Chicago Defender and Progress Illinois picked up on the Reporter's investigation.