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verb [intransitive] informal rubberneck pronunciation in British English /ˈrʌbə(r)ˌnek/
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present tense
present participlerubbernecking
past tenserubbernecked
past participlerubbernecked
  1. 1
    to look at something, especially a car accident, as you are passing it

    Passing drivers slowed down to rubberneck at the accident.

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to stand on one's toes in a crowd of ardent admirers to see a celebrity passing by

    Surely he meant to say that “celebrity drivel and rubbernecking are what drive our site”.

    Submitted by Matti Salonen from Finland on 14/09/2012

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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