a Peeping Tom

peeping Tom

A person (typically referring to a man) who secretly watches people undressing or engaging in sex without their consent. Unless you want to be a target for peeping Toms, you better get curtains for your bedroom windows soon.
See also: peep, tom
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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.
See also: Peep, tom
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"The ultimate ambition of Prime Minister Modi and the government is to become a peeping Tom and turn India into a nanny state," Singhvi told reporters here in an apparent reference to the recent mass e-surveillance notification of Union Home Ministry.
In Navotas, a peeping tom was arrested for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl and then peeping on a 14-year-old taking a bath in Navotas on Monday.
"You are accused of the offence of being a Peeping Tom. Do you have anything to say?" "I was doing a job assessment to see if I was suited to window cleaning, your honour.
A PEEPING tom has been hit with a country-wide leisure centre ban after using his Blackberry to spy on women at a Birmingham swimming pool.
A PEEPING Tom or voyeur is a person who gets pleasure from secretly watching others.
The Mirror was fined pounds 50,000 for contempt over an article claiming he was a Peeping Tom and The Sun pounds 18,000 for contempt over another story.
AT THE SAME TIME A WOAMN WAS TRYING TO OPEN A CASE OF CRIMEN INJURIA AGAINST A PEEPING TOM WHO WATCHED HER TAKE A BATH THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW.
A PEEPING Tom c a u g h t slithering around a changing room on his belly to spy on a schoolgirl dressing was placed on the sex offenders' register yesterday.
OREGAN, USA: Angry campers tied a peeping Tom suspect to a tree, keeping him bound until police arrived.
Qasem had had the gun nearby and loaded because she had seen a Peeping Tom outside her house previously.
Police are hunting a peeping tom who stared a teenage student as she undressed.
A PEEPING Tom CCTV operator is facing jail after he admitted using a council camera to spy on a woman.
Time was when a Peeping Tom was a creature to be scorned or at least pitied.
- James Pearson, Spalding, Lincs A PEEPING Tom or voyeur is a person who gets pleasure from secretly watching others.
Charlotte, 27 , who met Alan at a Peeping Tom gig, said: "The fantastic staff looked after us both so well that we wanted to help them in any way we could.