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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.
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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.
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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.
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Then the Peeping Tom had somehow resealed the hole - Jeff told the girls they were seeing things.
The Peeping Tom character was said to have been struck blind after looking at Lady Godiva while others looked away to preserve her modesty.
The Peeping Tom was so intent on ruining his innocent neighbour Kayleigh White's privacy that he drilled holes in her ceiling so that he could leer at the 16 year-old.
The Peeping Tom, 47, was given six months for drilling holes in Kayleigh White's bedroom ceiling to spy on her.
She said the peeping tom had the same build as the intruder, but she didn't know if they are the same person.
The Peeping Tom technique was revealed after one 10-year-old girl who was getting dressed saw someone peering at her through a small hole in the cubicle wall.
A particularly UPN-ian subplot in tonight's episode boasts that old standby, the Peeping Tom, with a guy watching a photographer's models in a group grope).
When the Peeping Tom escalated to breaking into the girls' bedrooms to watch them sleep, and muffling their frightened cries when they awoke, Demitropoulos grew determined to put an end to the growing crisis.
The revamp was part of a competition - inspired by the former hit BBC show hosted by Alan Titchmarsh - put on by nearby pub The Peeping Tom.
The peeping Tom allegations exposed by the ECHO in January were just the first of a series of damaging accusations against Sefton's security service.
In August, we revealed that he was being investigated over the peeping tom allegations at a health club near his pounds 1million home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
But the peeping tom was caught out when one woman spotted the glint of the mirror and alerted her pal.
The Peeping Tom, in Cromwell Lane, Tile Hill, is offering pounds 1,000 towards materials, and will also provide manpower.