Have you ever read that illustrated Tom Wolfe essay ‘The Man Who peaked Too Soon’?
Sparkle winked under layers of chiffon and fur, and peaked out from under the hem of a cape.
The U.S. military force in Iraq peaked at more than 160,000, by 2007.
The early frontrunner, Argo may have peaked too early, kind of like Mitt Romney did.
In point of fact, the mass vilification of the league, which peaked a month ago, burned out as quickly as it ignited.
Each wore tight-fitting clothing and a peaked hat with a long feather, and was armed with knife and sword.
She took the child away, and it peaked and pined from that day.
By peaked we must understand "stole" or got admission by stealth.
Nan had to admit that beside her uncle and cousins her father did look "peaked."
We manned the boat, peaked the oars and ran before the gale.
"sickly-looking," 1835, from past participle of obsolete verb peak "look sickly or thin, shrink, waste away" (1540s), which is perhaps from peak in sense of "become pointed" through emaciation. Related: Peakedness.
"pointed top," 1520s, variant of pike (n.4) "sharp point." Meaning "top of a mountain" first recorded 1630s, though pike was used in this sense c.1400. Figurative sense is 1784. Meaning "point formed by hair on the forehead" is from 1833. According to OED, The Peak in Derbyshire is older than the word for "mountaintop;" e.g. Old English Peaclond, for the district, Pecsaetan, for the people who settled there, Peaces ærs for Peak Cavern; sometimes said to be a reference to an elf-denizen Peac "Puck."
1570s, "to rise in a peak," from peak (n.). Figurative meaning "reach highest point" first recorded 1958. Related: peaked; peaking.