gawk at

gawk at (someone or something)

To stare at someone or something in surprise or stupefaction. We gawked at the firemen as they rushed into the burning building. I could only gawk at Mary when she told me she was pregnant.
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gawk at someone or something

to stare at someone or something, obviously and awkwardly. Why are you standing there, gawking at me? The tourists stood at the foot of the mountain and gawked at the top.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Sandy said there would be a monument put up there, where Moses and Esau had stood, with the date and circumstances, and all about the whole business, and travellers would come for thousands of years and gawk at it, and climb over it, and scribble their names on it.
After two decades, we all still gawk at her for a reason - there's never a normal, dull moment.
At the foot of the street was Union Station, where we arrived on trains from less sophisticated suburbs to gawk at the sinful city.
This tragedy is exactly why PETA urges families to stay away from facilities that display animals as living exhibits for humans to gawk at.
SUPERMODEL and philanthropist Petra Nemcova was among the guests who gathered to gawk at the new amenities just opened at 30 Park Place.
Airline passengers bound for the Antarctic Circle couldn't help but gawk at the Aurora Australis, which put on a spectacular show last Friday.
It's inconceivable that they would ever capture wild animals and place them in enclosures only to gawk at them, and then let them starve to death during food shortages.
In her cage she waits small and barred, carrying torchlight, daring us while we pretend not to gawk at the white-round plate other face.
we gawk at circling hawks, stuff ourselves with bread and sex.
All await with abated breaths for Veena Malik's heartbreak over Sheik Sahib's refusal, while they equally gawk at possible fulfilling of Sheikh Sahib's whim by Prime Minister of allowing Sheikh to administer polio drops down his (PM's) gullet.
A tour bus company that offered customers a chance to gawk at ghetto neighborhoods in the South Bronx has stopped the rides after severe backlash from the community.
We can gawk at a person, a bird or a flowering bush and miss the inherent beauty, but when we change our looking into gazing that beauty comes home to our soul.
(SUP) is old hat, and there's something fresh to gawk at when you go to the beach: SUP yoga.
When former child actor Jackie (Sarah Stouffer) goes away to college she discovers she's unable to connect with her fellow students who gawk at the campus "celeb." Feeling like an outsider, she is drawn to Catherine (Allison McAtee), a gorgeous, sophisticated--and almost predato-rily aggressive--psychology professor with a reputation for seducing her female students.
This is so selfish to do this, just so we can gawk at them.