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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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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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a ˌPeeping ˈTom

(disapproving) a person who likes to watch people secretly, especially when they are taking off their clothesIn 1040 in the English town of Coventry, Lady Godiva rode through the streets completely naked in an attempt to make her husband change his mind about forcing people to pay high taxes. In the story, only one man, Tom, watched her and he suddenly became blind.
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Richard 'I Don't Believe It' Wilson is the grubby peeping-tom manager struggling to keep his ramshackle Parisian hotel in business.
Although the plot moves slowly after the reader is introduced to Nick during an examination where his doctor decides the boy's left eye (damaged after a group peeping-tom session goes bad) must be removed, Mantarakis does a skillful job setting the background for the profound changes Nick eventually makes in his life.
Send letters of opposition to the controlling agencies (the addresses are in the accompanying box) and tell them to keep their peeping-Tom eyes from gazing at your bank accounts.
Meanwhile, authorities disclosed they had found the real suspect - a man already in custody on peeping-Tom charges.