- a display of objects or pictures viewed through a small opening that is usually fitted with a magnifying lens.
- 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 peepshow
"It's like a peepshow all the time," he told Alec one day with an expansive grin.The Great Airship.
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I snatched the glass from Byfield, and brought it to focus upon one of these peepshow rifts: and lo!The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Several cases were settled whilst the worthy Sultan was looking through the peepshow and kaleidoscope.
Has entered a peepshow, and is now arguing with the exhibitor upon the correctness of his view of the siege of “St. Jane Daker!”
- Also called: raree show a small box with a peephole through which a series of pictures, esp of erotic poses, can be seen
- a booth from which a viewer can see a live nude model for a fee
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