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peep show

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noun
  1. a display of objects or pictures viewed through a small opening that is usually fitted with a magnifying lens.
  2. a short, usually erotic or titillating film shown in a coin-operated viewing machine equipped with a projector.

Origin of peep show

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for peep-show

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  • The sunset is better to look at, but it has no more moral meaning than a peep-show.

    A Pessimist

    Robert Timsol

  • You seem not a little astonished at what you have seen in that peep-show.

  • He raised his voice, and invited the people to come and see his peep-show.

    Faustus

    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger

  • The world is a peep-show, and I have satisfied my expectation.

    Lost Diaries

    Maurice Baring

  • She liked this last "Peep-show" very much, and kissed her father to show him that she did.

    Peeps Into China

    E. C. Phillips


Word Origin and History for peep-show

n.

1851 (not typically salacious until c.1914), from peep (v.1) + show (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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