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  • n  an expression of openmouthed astonishment
  • n  a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
  • v  look with amazement; look stupidly
  • v  be wide open

  • An undraped lady waits for an elevator; men emerge, confront her and gape.
  • Put a man on a flagpole and people will gape.
  • They all stopped to gape at a large, dead shark hanging from a hook outside a butcher's shop.

  • Ines Müller in
    We feel like monkeys in a zoo,said Ines Muller. "Poles come with binoculars, gape at us and swear."
  • Antonya Nelson in New York Times
    When Nelson writes of "the gape-mouthed, faux-innocent prankster's expression Max put on when he thought he was being endearing," it becomes clear that his days as a boyfriend are numbered.
  • Frank Hurley in
    In his diary, Hurley described Endurance as she sank on October 26 1914: "The ship groans and quivers, windows splinter, whilst the deck timbers gape and twist. Amid these profound and overwhelming forces, we are the absolute embodiment of helpless...

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