Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who turns his head to look or gaze at something or some person he has passed, or at anything that attracts attention; one who gazes eagerly or awkwardly at the sights of the town.
- To stare like a rubber-neck; go about staring at or prying into things; rubber.
“We rubber-neck on the highway but we keep on driving.”
“Why, oh why, do people slow down to a crawl and rubber-neck no matter how minor the incident?”
“So, it seems money wasn't the driving force behind the decision to re-open the entire beach community so much as grumbling from mainlanders who like to rubber-neck.”
“Take two rubber-neck clams and, after stuffing them with peanuts, fry them over a slow fire.”
“When the shoe occupies the same shape as a dozen rubber-neck clams serve with vanilla wafers and horseradish.”
“-- Take two rubber-neck clams and after stuffing them with chestnuts fry them over a slow fire.”
“Bumpus really had another name, though few people ever thought to call him by it; yet in the register at school he was marked down as Cornelius Jasper Hawtree; while the fellow who had that strange "rubber-neck" that he was so fond of stretching to its limit, was Conrad Stedman.”
“On Sundays we could charter one of the big "rubber-neck" autos and make the round trip to Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Deal and Dover.”
“You behaved like a common rubber-neck, and you know it.”
“Such a term as rubber-neck is almost a complete treatise on American psychology; it reveals the national habit of mind more clearly than any labored inquiry could ever reveal it.”
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