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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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And how were they treated while the world gawked? "Authenticity was all," Bradford and Blume tell us.
Murray gawked in the mirror and had a quiet chat with himself, and it must have been unexpectedly Churchillian, because he came out and produced 51 minutes' worth of genius.
Print journalists queued up to speak with Johnson as he sat before a large square fountain as others, cradling wine glasses and highballs, gawked from the elevated cocktail patio across the room.
It is little more than a platform for squabbles between neighbours to be gawked at by incredulous viewers.
He was quickly becoming a Global-trash court painter tossing off mural after mural while press-agented cameras clicked and tourists gawked. Increasingly, entries read: "Taxi to airport.
"If the choice is to be gawked at constantly or to sit in a dark room, I'd choose the dark room," Contactmusic quoted the actor as saying.
The people in her poverty-stricken village - in the Bihar region of India - decided the baby was a miracle reincarnation of Lakshmi and gawked at her respectfully.
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The steamy blonde, working her buns off at Crunch gym on Sunset, had a crowd of panting guys all worked up as they gawked at her through a window - and when she left, they made a beeline for the worn-out mat she'd been exercising on, as a trainer auctioned off the still-damp trophy.