nosy parker

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nosy parker

A person who likes to meddle or pry into other people's lives. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I have to be careful about what I tell Betty because she's such a nosy parker that she'll bombard you with questions at the slightest provocation.
See also: nosy, parker

a nosey parker

BRITISH, INFORMAL
A nosey parker is someone who wants to know too much about other people. Note: `Nosey' is sometimes spelled `nosy'. The village's resident nosey parker, Olive, likes to spy on her neighbours with binoculars. Supermarkets are a nosy parker's paradise. The contents of strangers' trollies tell us so much about their lives. Note: `Parker' may refer to Matthew Parker, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1559, and had a reputation for interfering in people's business.
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a ˌnosy ˈparker

(British English, informal, becoming old-fashioned) a person who is too interested in other people’s private lives: Our next door neighbour is a real nosy parker. He always has to know everything about everybody on our street.
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nosey Parker

verb
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nosy parker

and nosey Parker (ˈnozi ˈpɑrkɚ)
n. a nosy person. (Also a term of address. No one really knows who or what parker is or was. It is an old expression, used in British and American English, at least. Some would like to derive it from nose-poker, but there is no record of the latter aver having been said.) Look, you nosy parker, mind your own business.
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SHE is the nosey parker in our street In fact she knows who you are by the sound of your feet She knows almost all you say or do Conversations are a big issue Always at the window or the door She is always hoping to see or hear a little more She knows who has and who has not paid their rent And who is and who is not heaven sent She has seen things late into the night Unspeakable of during the hours of daylight Nobody can visit or quietly go That she don't hear or know And when a stranger knocks on your door The nosey parker will get to know just a little bit more.
No, this is the ultimate tool for the nosey parker.
Other goodies to help the appeal along are an amazing Animaniacs T-shirt, the aerial car nose (guaranteed to improve your status on the road, if not your stereo's reception), the Nosey Parker pen and the delicious Len and Jerry's Fudge Behaving Badly ice cream
Thankfully the gates at the Manor House are high, so the nosey parkers don't stand a chance of wandering up the sweeping drive to snoop in your windows.
An award-winning show takes a peek behind the curtains of the nosey parkers this week.