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[boh-peep] /boʊˈpip/
Origin of bo-peep
1520-30; bo (variant of boo1) + peep1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bo-peep
Historical Examples
  • If you could have whatever you wished for, what would you choose, bo-peep?

  • Vendredi gets right, but in makes the same mistake as bo-peep.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • Boy Blue must have brought it up to read to bo-peep in the intervals of shepherding.

  • When he reached the door and had said good-bye, he opened it again and said, “bo-peep!”

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • “I have a very weak head for business, bo-peep,” was the reply.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • The Major hadn't got over the bo-peep business, and never would.

    Ask Momma R. S. Surtees
  • But he only cried “Caw, caw, caw;” so bo-peep ran on again across the fields.

    My First Picture Book Joseph Martin Kronheim
  • Oh, if a man could but fasten his eyes to her feet as they steal in and out, and play at bo-peep under her petticoats, ah!

    Love for Love William Congreve
  • A determined and blood-stained struggle took place at bo-peep at midnight of January 3rd, 1828.

    The Smugglers Charles G. Harper
  • bo-peep was the name of a desolate spot situated midway between Hastings and Bexhill.

    The Smugglers Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for bo-peep


a game for very young children, in which one hides (esp hiding one's face in one's hands) and reappears suddenly
(Austral & NZ, informal) a quick look (esp in the phrase have a bo-peep)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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