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peer around

To scan (an area) around one with one's eyes; to glance or gaze ahead and side to side. I peered around the room, looking for my friend in the crowd of people. The man stepped out of his front door, peered around suspiciously, then went right back inside.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet Dorothy felt a sort of joyous excitement in defying the storm, and while she held fast to the railing she peered around through the gloom and thought she saw the dim form of a man clinging to a mast not far away from her.
It came to the corner of the hut and peered around. The sentries were but a few paces away; but the ape did not dare expose himself, even for an instant, to those feared and hated thunder-sticks which the Tarmangani knew so well how to use, if there were another and safer method of attack.
The thing had come from a little to one side of me, and, without waiting to investigate at the instant, I leaped behind the tree, and, circling it, peered around the other side to get a sight of my would-be murderer.
"Are you sure they're here?" quipped Charles as the queen, dressed in an aqua-green coat and hat with pink flowers on it, peered around the entrance to the Grand Master's Hall where the reception was to be held.
As the tellers peered around her, the Speaker told her to move.
Poking its head out for the first time since settling in Gale Crater on Wednesday, the car-sized rover peered around and returned a black-and-white self-portrait as well as panorama that reveals a hazy, mountainous horizon - strikingly similar to California's Mojave Desert.
More police officers were called and when they could not open the bedroom door, an officer peered around it and saw a "decomposing body lying amongst rubbish and clutter".
Her face was a picture when she saw me and Ann who peered around her put her hands to her mouth and just laughed until tears rolled down her face.
In the most intimate scenes, involving only a few characters, extraneous supers peered around corners and fiddled with props for the principals, along the anti-illsionist lines of Brecht.
We snuck up on doorways, peered around corners to see if the coast was clear.
Another neighbour peered around her front door and hid her face for fear of being identified and earmarked for reprisals.
People gawped and pointed - others peered around the corners of bus shelters - and then they returned to their newspapers and conversations as if nothing had happened.
I went to the bottom of the stairs and peered around the corner, hoping my two brothers wouldn't see.