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peep through

1. To peer, glimpse, or glance through (something) quickly, shyly, or inconspicuously. I peeped 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 peeping through at me.
2. To be revealed partially through or from behind something. I went the whole day without realizing that my bra was peeping through my dress. I tried to cover up the graffiti with black paint, but there was still a bit of color peeping through.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

peep through something

to take a quick glance through something, such as a hole, telescope, etc. Sam peeped through the keyhole and saw that the room was dark. Peep through the telescope and have a look at the moon!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For fifty years they had peeped through that little window and across that trim garden, but never yet had such a sight as this come to confound them.
We peeped through the windows, and saw them planted in the middle of the warm room and ornamented with the most splendid things, with gilded apples, with gingerbread, with toys, and many hundred lights!
It was neatly laid with dry sticks, as the rabbits could see, when they peeped through the window.
He peeped through the hinges of the half-open bedroom door.
A quarter of an hour later I was rushing up and down the room in frenzied impatience, from minute to minute I went up to the screen and peeped through the crack at Liza.