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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Definitions for rubberneck

  1. to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.
  2. to gawk at: The tieup was due to drivers rubbernecking an accident.
  3. a sightseer; tourist.

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Citations for rubberneck
Callie hadn't been any help; instead of navigating, she had frankly rubbernecked, bending towards Paul to peer out his window or hanging halfway out of her own to get a good look at someone's cavernous two-car garage or expensively landscaped lawn. James Hynes, Kings of Infinite Space, 2004
Last week, while patrons munched tikin xic pescado (grilled fish) and shimmied to salsa music, they also rubbernecked, open-jawed, at the 10-foot-long woven bamboo ceiling lamps that hovered overhead and looked like levitating canoes. Timothy Jack Ward, "Try Not to Stare at the Ceiling," New York Times, January 15, 1995
Origin of rubberneck
Rubberneck is an Americanism that emerged in the late 1800s. It is formed from the words rubber and neck.