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not a peep from/out of (someone)

Not a single word or sound from someone. Amy: "Hi Samantha, thank you for watching the kids for us. How were they?" Samantha: "They were great. I put them to bed at 8, and there hasn't been a peep out of them since!" There wasn't a peep from the students for the rest of the class after I sent Jonathan to detention.
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pixel peep

slang To very carefully inspect, scrutinize, and correct the resolution, clarity, and quality of digital images or photographs. When I started getting into digital photography, I'll admit that I that I focused a bit too much on pixel peeping for a while. Later on though, I became less obsessive over technical quality and learned to appreciate well-composed photographs.
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pixel peeping

slang The act, habit, or practice of being particularly or overly critical of or sensitive to the resolution, clarity, and quality of digital images or photographs. When I started getting into digital photography, I'll admit that I that I focused a bit too much on pixel peeping for a while. Later on though, I became less obsessive over technical quality and learned to appreciate well-composed photographs in their own right.
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peeping Tom

A man who secretly observes women undressing or engaging in sexual intercourse. Unless you want to be a target for peeping Toms, you better get curtains for your bedroom windows soon.
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hear a peep out of someone

Fig. to get some sort of a response from someone; to hear the smallest word from someone. (Usually in the negative.) I don't want to hear another peep out of you. I didn't know they were there. I didn't hear a peep out of them.
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*peep

a quick look at someone or something. (*Typically: have ~; take ~.) Have a peep into the refrigerator and see if we need any milk. I took a peep at the comet through the telescope.

peep at someone or something

to get a glimpse of someone or something, as if looking through a hole. I peeped at Tom through the Venetian blinds. Look in the microscope and peep at this bacterium.
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peep in(to something)

to get a quick look into something, as through a hole in the wall or something similar. I peeped into the oven to see what was cooking for dinner. She opened the oven door and peeped in.
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peep out (of something) (at someone or something)

to sneak a glimpse of someone or something out of something, as through a hole. A little mouse peeped out of its hole at the bright lights in the room. Johnny, hiding in the closet, peeped out at the guests through the partly opened door.
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peep over something

to raise up and sneak a glance over some barrier; to look over the top of something. The child peeped over the wall to get a look at the yard next door. Grandfather peeped over his glasses to look at the television set for a moment.
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peep through something

to take a quick glance through something, such as a hole, telescope, etc. Sam peeped through the keyhole and saw that the room was dark. Peep through the telescope and have a look at the moon!
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peep under something

to take a quick little glance under something. Would you please peep under the table and see if my shoes are there? Dave peeped under the bed, looking for the cat.
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a peeping Tom

a man who secretly watches women while they are taking their clothes off or having sex I always close the curtains in case there are any peeping Toms across the road.
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hear a peep out of

Hear the slightest noise from, as in I don't want to hear another peep out of those children. This expression is often used negatively, as in I didn't hear another peep out of them. [c. 1900]
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peeping Tom

A person who secretly watches others, especially for sexual gratification; a voyeur. For example, The police caught a peeping Tom right outside their house. This expression, first recorded in 1796, alludes to the legend of the tailor Tom, the only person to watch the naked Lady Godiva as she rode by and who was struck blind for this sin.
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peep out

v.
1. To become partially visible behind a cover or obstacle: The moon peeped out from behind the clouds.
2. To give a quick look from behind a cover or obstacle: The child peeped out at us from behind the door.
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another peep (out of you)

n. another complaint, word, or sound from someone. (Usually in the negative.) I don’t want to hear another peep out of you!
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another peep

verb
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peep

1. n. a noise; an utterance. I don’t want to hear another peep out of you.
2. n. people. (Often plural, peeps.) How many peeps were there?

peep show

A short soft-core porn exhibition. To enjoy “forbidden” glimpses of naked female flesh, a man went to an arcade in a sleazy neighborhood, paid his dime or quarter, entered a booth, and stared through a peep hole at a partially or fully unclothed woman. The “show,” which lasted for no more than five or ten minutes, began when a shade or other obstruction over the peep hole was raised and ended when it was lowered. Instead of “live models,” some peep shows featured short films shown on individual viewing machines. Peep shows became less and less commercially viable as movie houses (and now the Internet) showed more explicit fare.
See also: peep, show
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The Peeping Tom character was said to have been struck blind after looking at Lady Godiva while others looked away to preserve her modesty.
The oldest Peeping Tom sculpture dates back to 1660 and is displayed in Cathedral Lanes.
Peeping Tom and Lady Godiva on the clock in Broadgate
At Epsom in June, Peeping Fawn so nearly caused a 20-1 shock in the fillies' Classic, ranging up.
At Epsom in June, Peeping Fawn so nearly caused a 20-1 shock in the fillies' Classic, ranging up Aidan O'Brien's daughter of Danehill comes to Goodwood for a rematch with Light Shift with the score currently standing at one apiece.
At Epsom in June, Peeping Fawn so nearly caused a 20-1 shock in the fillies' Classic, ranging upAidan O'Brien's daughter of Danehill comes to Goodwood for a rematch with Light Shift with the score currently standing at one apiece.
The Harrow firm had bucked the market trend this week by making Peeping Fawn their favourite for the Nassau while every other firm were quoting Mandesha at the top of their betting.
However, Ladbrokes, who it is sometimes claimed have the "inside line" on the Ballydoyle horses, yesterday pushed Peeping Fawn out to 5-2 joint favourite with Oaks winner Light Shift.
The firm's spokesman David Williams said yesterday: "We were really impressed with Peeping Fawn last time out and she fully deserved her win.
It may be just lack of attention on the part of this writer, but we don't hear much about Peeping Toms these days.
There weren't enough literate Peeping Toms to please advertisers, and even those--happily--had short attention spans.
In the Northeast, the drought is most severe near the coast so the best leaf peeping this fall will be found on the western spine of the Appalachians.
Leaf peeping across many areas of the Rockies may have to be done through a haze of smoke.
Although this may not be the best year for leaf peeping in the U.