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rubberneck

1. verb To gawk, gape, or stare, especially with a naïve, unsophisticated, or foolish manner. I hate the amount of people who descend on the city each year wander around and rubberneck. People kept clogging up traffic as they slowed down to rubberneck at the accident.
2. noun Someone who gawks or stares in such a manner. The famous cathedral was filled with rubbernecks, much to the chagrin of the regular churchgoers. A bunch of rubbernecks gathered around to watch the building burn.

rubberneck

1. n. one who stares at something or someone; a tourist. (see also gander.) At noon the sidewalks are crowded with rubbernecks.
2. in. to stare (at something or someone). Traffic is stalled because of all the drivers who are rubbernecking.
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The idea behind the campaign, he said, is not to fine vehicles that obstruct traffic but to teach people not to rubberneck in the first place.
Huge remote-controlled gates whirred into action to keep out the rubbernecks like us.
On our way to work last Thursday morning, while driving towards Hidd, we saw an accident that had just happened and was being attended by police and ambulance services and the usual hoard of rubbernecks.
Fashion Show, The Pulp Fusion Album Launch, The Rubbernecks funk band, and Hip-hop DJ's with breakdancers.
These crimes are often detected by noticing that an employee moves his hands to his pockets, slips bills into stacks of paperwork, rubbernecks, or displays unusual posture and movement when walking away with the money.
Now, as crowds of rubbernecks (you even get them for car smashes) start to dwindle, people are trying to work out what to do with this most expensive folly ever built when it goes out of date on December 31, and six supposedly serious tenders are already being considered.
With years we have watched psychopaths and rubbernecks for "foreign" hardships, because everyone that this Government arrested was proclaimed guilty before the trial.