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take a peek at (someone or something)

To get a quick, cursory, often sneaky or surreptitious look at someone or something. I took a peek at the boss's computer, and it looks like there's a round of layoffs on the way. Campus guards caught him trying to take a peek at the women getting changed in their locker rooms.
See also: peek, take

peek at (someone or something)

To get a quick, cursory, often sneaky or surreptitious look at someone or something. I peeked at the boss's computer and saw an email about a possible round of layoffs coming up. Campus guards caught him trying to peek at the women getting changed in their locker rooms.
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peek in(to something)

To peer, glimpse, or glance in(to something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. The secretary peeked in and disappeared just as quickly when she realized people were in the room. He peeked into the box and saw that his wife had gotten him a new watch for Christmas.
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peek in on (someone or something)

To go in some place to have a very quick or cursory look or examination at someone or something. I just want to peek in on the office and make sure everything is running smoothly without me. A: "Should we go back and peek in on the kids one last time before we go out?" B: "No, the babysitter has everything under control."
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peek out (from something)

1. To reveal one's eyes and peer out from under, beneath, or behind something. All I could see were two little eyes peeking out. The child peeked out from under the blanket, and then hid herself just as quickly when she caught me looking. It wasn't until I saw the cat peeking out from behind the sofa that I realized why my allergies were acting up.
2. To be revealed in a small spot when most of the person or thing remains concealed. They covered the mural up with thick black paint, but a few small streaks of color still peeked out. Though it was still hiding in the crate, I could see the animal's bushy tail poking out. A bit of sunshine peeked out from behind the clouds.
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peek out of (something)

1. To glance or peer outward shyly or quickly from inside of something. We peeked out of our room when we heard our parents fighting. I saw the kitten peek out of the pile of blankets before she darted back under.
2. To be revealed partially from within something. All I could see was the animal's bushy tail peeking out of the dark crate. There's little bit of your shirt peeking out of the bottom of your suit jacket.
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peek over (something)

1. To glance or peer shyly, quickly, or inconspicuously over the top of something. We peeked over the fence when we heard the neighbors start fighting. I caught the child peeking over the top of the sofa to see what was going on.
2. To be revealed partially above the top of something. All I could see was the man's head peeking over the top of the wall. Your underpants are peeking over the top of your jeans, Tom.
See also: over, peek

peek through

1. To peer, glimpse, or glance through (something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. I peeked through the curtains to see if the man was still lurking outside our house. I looked over at the door and could see a small child peeking through.
2. To be revealed partially through or from behind something. I went the whole day without realizing that my bra was peeking through my dress. I tried to cover up the graffiti with black paint, but there was still a bit of color peeking through.
See also: peek, through

peek under (something)

1. To peer, glimpse, or glance under (something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. I peeked under the rug to see if my toddler had hidden anything there. Sarah was peeking under the curtains trying to find our cat.
2. To be revealed partially from underneath something. I hate the way my shirt peeks under my jacket like that! I tried to cover up the graffiti with black paint, but there was still a bit of color peeking under it.
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peek underneath (something)

1. To peer, glimpse, or glance under (something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. I peeked underneath the rug to see if my toddler had hidden anything there. Sarah was peeking underneath the curtains trying to find our cat.
2. To be revealed partially from underneath something. I hate the way my shirt peeks underneath my jacket like that! I tried to cover up the graffiti with black paint, but there was still a bit of color peeking underneath it.
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peek at someone or something

to sneak a glimpse at someone or something. Now, don't peek at me while I am changing my shirt. I peeked at the dessert you made. It looks delicious.
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peek in

(on someone or something) to glance quickly into a place to see someone or something. Would you please peek in on the baby?
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peek in(to something)

to steal a quick glimpse into something. Sam peeked into the oven to see what was cooking. Laura opened the oven door and peeked in.
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peek out

 (from behind someone or something)
1. to look outward from behind someone or something. A shy kitten peeked out from behind the sofa. I looked toward the back of the sofa just as a little cat face peeked out.
2. to show just a little bit with the rest concealed behind someone or something. A bit of yellow peeked out from behind the tree, so we knew Frank was hiding there. We saw a flash of Frank's yellow shirt peek out.
See also: out, peek

peek out

 (from underneath someone or something)
1. to look outward from beneath someone or something. A small furry face peeked out from underneath the sofa. At the base of the sofa, a cat peeked out.
2. to show just a little bit with the rest concealed under someone or something. Her petticoat peeked out from underneath her skirt. Her skirt was a tad too short and a little bit of her slip peeked out.
See also: out, peek

peek out of something

 (at someone or something)
1. to be inside of something and take a look out. A pair of glimmering eyes peeked out of the darkened room at the two people standing at the door. I peeked out of my room at the eerie shadows in the hallway. Jerry peeked out of the bathroom to see if anyone was looking.
2. [for a little bit of something] to be revealed with the rest concealed within. A bit of white skin peeked out beneath his pants cuff.
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peek over something

 
1. to examine something with a quick glance. I really can't say how good the story was. I only peeked over it. I peeked over your manuscript, and it looks good.
2. to raise up and look over some barrier. I peeked over the wall and saw the lovely garden. Don't peek over the sofa and let Roger see you. It will ruin the surprise.
See also: over, peek

peek through

 (something)
1. to peer or glimpse through something. I'll just peek through your picture album. I'll study it more carefully later. I only have time to peek through. I would like to spend more time with it later.
2. [for something] to become slightly visible through something. Mary, the lace of your slip is peeking throughyour blouse! Some lace is peeking through.
See also: peek, through

peek under something

to sneak a little glance beneath something. I peeked under the table, hoping to see the dog waiting therefor the part of my dinner I wasn't going to eat. Peek under the chair and see if the cat is there.
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He's knowledgeable about the world, obviously bright, sophisticated beneath the spray-on populism, and experienced in high-stakes negotiations with foreign potentates," Peek wrote of Trump in one August 2016 column for the Fiscal Times.
In order to investigate the effect of temperature on the interior crystalline morphology during the fretting test, the technique of permanganate etching was used in this work to remove amorphous phases and leave crystalline regions at the worn areas of PEEK samples.
During my discussion with Johns at NASS, as well as with a representative from DiFusion's PEEK provider (Solvay), we further explored the material solution they had discovered, in addition to other PEEK-based technology offerings, such as the one from Vertera Spine.
3], MgO may play important role in strengthening the bonding between nanofillers and PEEK matrix, consequently producing a nanocomposite material with both excellent mechanical properties and high bioactivity the present time, few studies have been reported in this field [13].
When looking to extend the performance envelope beyond Victrex Peek 150CA30, aerospace engineers have qualified Victrex Peek 90HMF40 to deliver higher mechanical properties.
If I don't have a problem, my goal is to play until 40," the 39-year-old Peek said after announcing his retirement through his Twitter account.
Manufacturers and consumers benefit from the use of the new Victrex Peek, because of its ability to satisfy very demanding requirements, delivering consistent long term performance, it added.
Diba's 6-40 PEEK fitting can handle pressure up to 500 psi (33 bar) and houses a PEEK ferrule insert and type 316 stainless outer steel case.
PEEK is sponsored by a consortium of LookSmart's shareholders represented by Snowy August Management LLC and Platinum Management LLC.
KetaSpire KT-820 PEEK provides greater flexibility and elasticity than competitive PEEK grades, according to Davide Polloni, Market Development Manager for ATO.
The battery-operated pump implant is based on the Peek polymer Vestakeep from Evonik Industries and has received CE approval.
Abstract: Mechanical properties of neat poly-ether-etherketone (PEEK), reinforced PEEK with 30 (wt%) carbon fibres (PEEK CF 30) and filled PEEK with 15.
Richard Pearce, course tutor, said: "This is an enthusiastic and hard-working group and Sneaky Peek is their first exhibition.
Solidur, one of Brazil's largest high-performance plastics processing companies, has selected Victrex Peek polymer, manufactured by Victrex Polymer Solutions, a division of Victrex and leading provider of high performance polyaryletherketones, to replace stainless steel filling valves in beverage bottling machines and the housings responsible for placing the threaded cap on each bottle.