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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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This study was aimed to determine the age and the growth parameters of the nakedband gaper Champsodon nudivittis (Ogilby, 1895).
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).
CNC isn't even the only example in Chicago, home to several such sites including Gapers Block, Beachwood Reporter and Chicago Current, the for-profit Web and print newspaper that Geoff Dougherty started as a successor to his non-profit Chi-Town Daily News.
Click onto the link for Gapers, fill in the person's name, and then click to generate a genuine Shotgun Gaper form, suitable for framing.
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.
As midnight struck, the flower people, so many Cinderellas, drifted away like pollen, wandering into the night, pausing only to toss petals to guffawing gapers.
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.
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.