rubber neck

rubberneck

[ruhb-er-nek] Informal.
verb (used without object)
1.
to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.
verb (used with object)
2.
to gawk at: The tieup was due to drivers rubbernecking an accident.
noun Also, rubbernecker.
3.
a sightseer; tourist.
4.
an extremely curious person.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; rubber1 + neck

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rubberneck (ˈrʌbəˌnɛk)
 
n
1.  a person who stares or gapes inquisitively, esp in a naive or foolish manner
2.  a sightseer or tourist
 
vb
3.  (intr) to stare in a naive or foolish manner

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