nosy parker

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nosy parker

A person who likes to meddle or pry into other people's lives. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I have to be careful about what I tell Betty because she's such a nosy parker that she'll bombard you with questions at the slightest provocation.
See also: nosy, parker

a nosey parker

BRITISH, INFORMAL
A nosey parker is someone who wants to know too much about other people. Note: `Nosey' is sometimes spelled `nosy'. The village's resident nosey parker, Olive, likes to spy on her neighbours with binoculars. Supermarkets are a nosy parker's paradise. The contents of strangers' trollies tell us so much about their lives. Note: `Parker' may refer to Matthew Parker, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1559, and had a reputation for interfering in people's business.
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a ˌnosy ˈparker

(British English, informal, becoming old-fashioned) a person who is too interested in other people’s private lives: Our next door neighbour is a real nosy parker. He always has to know everything about everybody on our street.
See also: nosy, parker

nosey Parker

verb
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nosy parker

and nosey Parker (ˈnozi ˈpɑrkɚ)
n. a nosy person. (Also a term of address. No one really knows who or what parker is or was. It is an old expression, used in British and American English, at least. Some would like to derive it from nose-poker, but there is no record of the latter aver having been said.) Look, you nosy parker, mind your own business.
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The cloak would also be useful for investigative journalists uncovering political corruption, spies attempting to infiltrate terror cells or nosey-parkers peeping through their neighbour's window.
One of the songs Cecilia had in her head was this: My bloke's a Peaky, and he's none the worse for that; He's got bell-bottomed trousers and a Peaky Blinders' hat; He's got rings on his fingers, and round his neck a daf, So all you nosey-parkers can take it out of that.
But ACPO can't stop teachers and park wardens and nosey-parkers from exercising an authority they don't possess if the vast majority of people meekly obey them.
As a nation of nosey-parkers, nothing gets the gossips going better than a 'sold' sign being slapped on the house up the road.
But the firm handling the sale are vetting househunters to distinguish genuine buyers from nosey-parkers.
Nosey-parkers on the balcony kept a check on who was making progress with whom.
Ms Gilbert said a previous neighbourhood watch scheme in Brunswick had proved a success in reducing crime added: "It's not about nosey-parkers or curtain twitching - it's about taking pride in our area and doing our bit.
The days when investigators were seen as shady nosey-parkers is also changing because of recently-introduced legislation.