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not a peep from/out of (someone)

Not a single word or sound from someone. Amy: "Hi Samantha, thank you for watching the kids for us. How were they?" Samantha: "They were great. I put them to bed at 8, and there hasn't been a peep out of them since!" There wasn't a peep from the students for the rest of the class after I sent Jonathan to detention.
See also: not, of, out, peep

pixel peep

slang To very carefully inspect, scrutinize, and correct the resolution, clarity, and quality of digital images or photographs. When I started getting into digital photography, I'll admit that I that I focused a bit too much on pixel peeping for a while. Later on though, I became less obsessive over technical quality and learned to appreciate well-composed photographs.
See also: peep, pixel

pixel peeping

slang The act, habit, or practice of being particularly or overly critical of or sensitive to the resolution, clarity, and quality of digital images or photographs. When I started getting into digital photography, I'll admit that I that I focused a bit too much on pixel peeping for a while. Later on though, I became less obsessive over technical quality and learned to appreciate well-composed photographs in their own right.
See also: peep, pixel

peeping Tom

A man who secretly observes women undressing or engaging in sexual intercourse. Unless you want to be a target for peeping Toms, you better get curtains for your bedroom windows soon.
See also: peep, tom

hear a peep from/out of (someone)

To hear a single word or sound from someone. Often used in the negative. I barely heard a peep out of the other students after I sent Jonathan to detention. Amy: "Hi Samantha, thank you for watching the kids for us. How were they?" Samantha: "They were great. I put them to bed at 8 and haven't heard a peep from them since!"
See also: hear, of, out, peep

peep out

1. To glance quickly out from behind cover of some kind. The toddler peeped out from behind her parents' legs, then hid behind them again just as quickly. The rabbit peeped out of the burrow after it smelled the food I'd placed nearby.
2. To become partially or temporarily visible from behind cover of some kind. The sun has been peeping out of the clouds all day, but never for long enough to get warm. I could see my daughter's elbow peeping out from behind the curtains while we were playing hide and seek, but I pretended that I hadn't seen her.
See also: out, peep

peep show

A pornographic show in which a video or live performance of a nude or partially clothed woman is exhibited in a coin-operated booth, with a small peephole through which the customer looks. The actor's career tanked pretty hard after he was caught frequenting peep shows in the docks.
See also: peep, show

hear a peep out of someone

Fig. to get some sort of a response from someone; to hear the smallest word from someone. (Usually in the negative.) I don't want to hear another peep out of you. I didn't know they were there. I didn't hear a peep out of them.
See also: hear, of, out, peep

*peep

a quick look at someone or something. (*Typically: have ~; take ~.) Have a peep into the refrigerator and see if we need any milk. I took a peep at the comet through the telescope.

peep at someone or something

to get a glimpse of someone or something, as if looking through a hole. I peeped at Tom through the Venetian blinds. Look in the microscope and peep at this bacterium.
See also: peep

peep in(to something)

to get a quick look into something, as through a hole in the wall or something similar. I peeped into the oven to see what was cooking for dinner. She opened the oven door and peeped in.
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peep out (of something) (at someone or something)

to sneak a glimpse of someone or something out of something, as through a hole. A little mouse peeped out of its hole at the bright lights in the room. Johnny, hiding in the closet, peeped out at the guests through the partly opened door.
See also: out, peep

peep over something

to raise up and sneak a glance over some barrier; to look over the top of something. The child peeped over the wall to get a look at the yard next door. Grandfather peeped over his glasses to look at the television set for a moment.
See also: over, peep

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!
See also: peep, through

peep under something

to take a quick little glance under something. Would you please peep under the table and see if my shoes are there? Dave peeped under the bed, looking for the cat.
See also: peep

hear a peep out of

Hear the slightest noise from, as in I don't want to hear another peep out of those children. This expression is often used negatively, as in I didn't hear another peep out of them. [c. 1900]
See also: hear, of, out, peep

peeping Tom

A person who secretly watches others, especially for sexual gratification; a voyeur. For example, The police caught a peeping Tom right outside their house. This expression, first recorded in 1796, alludes to the legend of the tailor Tom, the only person to watch the naked Lady Godiva as she rode by and who was struck blind for this sin.
See also: peep, tom

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

peep out

v.
1. To become partially visible behind a cover or obstacle: The moon peeped out from behind the clouds.
2. To give a quick look from behind a cover or obstacle: The child peeped out at us from behind the door.
See also: out, peep

another peep (out of you)

n. another complaint, word, or sound from someone. (Usually in the negative.) I don’t want to hear another peep out of you!
See also: another, of, out, peep

another peep

verb
See also: another, peep

peep

1. n. a noise; an utterance. I don’t want to hear another peep out of you.
2. n. people. (Often plural, peeps.) How many peeps were there?

peep show

A short soft-core porn exhibition. To enjoy “forbidden” glimpses of naked female flesh, a man went to an arcade in a sleazy neighborhood, paid his dime or quarter, entered a booth, and stared through a peep hole at a partially or fully unclothed woman. The “show,” which lasted for no more than five or ten minutes, began when a shade or other obstruction over the peep hole was raised and ended when it was lowered. Instead of “live models,” some peep shows featured short films shown on individual viewing machines. Peep shows became less and less commercially viable as movie houses (and now the Internet) showed more explicit fare.
See also: peep, show
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I went to the washroom at the hotel where I work - after I finished and went to wash my hands, my co-worker [administrator] told me that the suspect had been peeping at me from above the partition between the cubicles.
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Yet, as Esther Bull discovered, the law is almost powerless to prosecute Peeping Toms when they are caught.
In fact, peepers may use more energy peeping than other cold-blooded creatures use to do anything.
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LIGHT SHIFT and Peeping Fawn, first and second in the Oaks at Epsom last month, renew rivalry in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh tomorrow.
By 1965 they had transformed into The Peeps (a nod of the hat to Coventry's Peeping Tom).