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peep sight

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noun
  1. a plate containing a small hole through which a gunner peeps in sighting.
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Origin of peep sight

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for peep sight

Historical Examples

  • "By Jove, that Peep-sight is a streak," Parker declared admiringly.

    The Pride of Palomar

    Peter B. Kyne

  • I have experimented with peep-sights; but one cannot hold a pistol steadily enough to get the full advantage of a peep-sight.

  • The American contrivance of the peep-sight is a very minute instrument, with a still smaller aperture.

  • Just train the gun on that white stone on the shore over there; look through your peep-sight and get the gun exactly on it.

    An Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach

  • While this was proceeding Robert would be at the shoulder-piece, his eye at the peep-sight, aiming at some boat in the river.

    An Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach


British Dictionary definitions for peep sight

peep sight

noun
  1. an adjustable rear gun sight with a narrow aperture through which the target and the front sight are aligned when aiming
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