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.
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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.
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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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Nosy Parker: Named after a particularly curious Anglican churchman Matthew Parker who also had a very large nose.
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It was such interfering meddlers and nuisances who demanded that Plimsoll Lines be adopted by shipping companies to prevent greedy owners from overloading their vessels and endangering the lives of their crews and it was such pests and nosy parkers with the nanny state mentality who ensured that all children received a proper education with the passing of the Education Act of 1870.
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A big fence will derail vandals and nosy parkers on a disused railway line, it is claimed.
NOSY PARKERS Some of the more curious people from South Wales will be offered a role in an upcoming Discovery Channel programme, which will be screened in June.
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