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1 a tourist who is visiting sights of interest [syn: sightseer, excursionist, tripper]
2 a person who stares inquisitively v : strain to watch; stare curiously; "The cars slowed down and the drivers rubbernecked after the accident"

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Coined in the sense of "tourist" in the United States in the late 19th century. A favored Americanism of H.L. Mencken.


  1. Someone who engages in rubbernecking, or turning and staring.
  2. A tourist.
  3. Someone or something with a flexible neck.
    "A suitable washer B1 and rubberneck B2, both of well known description, are provided to form with clapper arm B3 a watertight joint..."
    "Hi, rubberneck!' -- he clutched at her pear-like breast jutting from her sweater — 'how long did you think you'll duck me?'"

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  1. To watch by craning the neck (as though it were made of rubber), especially if the observer and observed are in motion relative to each other.
    The driver was so busy rubbernecking, trying to get a good view of the accident, that he was almost part of another accident.


To watch by craning the neck

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Extensive Definition

This article is about the Toadies album. For the article about the cause of car accidents, see motor-vehicle collision.
Rubberneck is the most successful album by the post-grunge band Toadies. It was released in August of 1994 on Interscope Records and attained RIAA gold and platinum status in December 1995 and December 1996 respectively. The album produced the band's most popular single, "Possum Kingdom". The song's master track is featured in the Xbox 360 version of the video game Guitar Hero II.

Track listing

  1. "Mexican Hairless" – 1:48
  2. "Mister Love" – 2:51
  3. "Backslider" – 2:30
  4. "Possum Kingdom" – 5:09
  5. "Quitter" – 3:33
  6. "Away" – 4:34
  7. "I Come from the Water" – 2:46
  8. "Tyler" – 4:13
  9. "Happyface" – 2:58
  10. "Velvet" – 2:30
  11. "I Burn" – 3:33


  • Sally Browder - Engineer
  • Tom Rothrock - Producer, Engineer
  • Rob Schnapf - Producer, Engineer
  • Andy Wallace - Mixing
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Eric White - Mixing, Mixing Assistant
  • Michael Lavine - Photography

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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