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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.
See also: peep, through

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
References in classic literature ?
Those who had not succeeded in getting into the main entrance were crowding about the windows, pushing, wrangling, and peeping through the gratings.
I did not hate her so much, however, when I was running about the room and peeping through the crack in the screen.
3 : to show slightly <There are crocuses peeping through the snow.>