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Peeping Tom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Peeping Tom a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Under the law of Mississippi, there’s no such thing as a female Peeping Tom.
    • Peeping Tom a prying fellow, esp. one who peeps in at windows
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Quotations

  • Arthur Koestler
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    “Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.”

Idioms

Peeping Tom - A peeping Tom is someone who tries to look through other people's windows without being seen in order to spy on people in their homes.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as above, Fr. piper, to chirp like a bird, then to beguile, whence peep=to look out slyly.

Usage

In literature:

Behind her servants stood Mrs. Curtis, smiling radiantly, while Tom was peeping over his mother's shoulder.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
Tom then peeped stealthily over.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Tom's eyes danced for joy, as, peeping at the hens, he hurried on his clothes.
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
Uncle Richard was aware of this when he heard Tom stealing down the trellis, and peeped at him from a darkened window.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
What can Peeping Tom know about it?
"Aliens" by William McFee
Peeping Tom was a gentleman compared to your early riser.
"Arthur O'Leary" by Charles James Lever
The eyes were absolutely proof against peeping Toms.
"Toppleton's Client" by John Kendrick Bangs
He decided to remain there, and play the part of Peeping Tom.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
Now Bobby halted and spied on the Peeping Tom himself.
"The Girls of Central High on Track and Field" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Peeping Tom might spy for very long before he would be much the wiser; when done, the effect is beautiful.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 4, April, 1852" by Various
It remained for "Peeping-Tom" to think of a gas-mask in connection with this scheme.
"13 Days" by John Alan Lyde Caunter
Tom and Morris retired to bed with very reasonable expectations of at last obtaining a peep of a real old-world spook.
"A Fortunate Term" by Angela Brazil
Tom waited a long time, till all was quiet; and then he peeped out, and saw the man lying.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
He had looked at life with the salacious eyes of a Peeping Tom.
"The Sins of the Children" by Cosmo Hamilton
One person disobeyed her proclamation, a tailor, ever afterwards known as Peeping Tom.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
Tom dropped a hint or two, but Miser Farebrother was oblivious, and callous to the peeping of flesh through tatters.
"Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3)" by Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
It would hardly do to be caught playing the part of Peeping Tom.
"The Datchet Diamonds" by Richard Marsh
Diana cowered before the Peeping Tom of her own vivid remembrance.
"The Following of the Star" by Florence L. Barclay
One of Tom's sharp eyes peeped up at her, and saw sympathy struggling with unbelief.
"To Him That Hath" by Leroy Scott
For the first time in my life I am going to be a Peeping Tom.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau
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In news:

Camera caught peeping Tom 's image.
What's the Story Behind the Phrase ' Peeping Tom .
A peeping Tom is a person who secretly watches someone else, so how is it possible the expression has its roots in taxation.
Marthasville peeping Tom gets eight years.
Alleged Peeping Tom caught taking 'up-the-skirt' videos at Bridgewater Commons mall.
Joe Epstein/The Star-Ledger A 33-year-old Peeping Tom was caught taking "up-the-skirt" videos in Bridgewater Commons mall on Saturday.
Kevin Durant Has a Peeping Tom .
ESPN beauty Erin Andrews ' peeping Tom was sentenced in a Los Angeles court on Monday to 30 months in jail.
An alleged peeping tom faces charges after reportedly videotaping women using the restroom at his workplace in Glendale.
Mall ' peeping tom ' admits to spying.
Go to main page News Big Brother or peeping tom UK installs CCTV in school bathrooms, changing rooms.
Seared by a Peeping Tom's Gaze.
HOPE — The web of charges against an accused Peeping Tom, arrested at the beginning of the week after allegedly videotaping three boys in the restroom of a popular Warren County amusement park, has expanded to three New Jersey counties.
Peeping Tom, a nick name for a curious prying fellow.
What's the Story Behind the Phrase 'Peeping Tom.
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