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peep show

noun
1.
a display of objects or pictures viewed through a small opening that is usually fitted with a magnifying lens.
2.
a short, usually erotic or titillating film shown in a coin-operated viewing machine equipped with a projector.
Origin of peep show
1850-1855
1850-55
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n.

1851 (not typically salacious until c.1914), from peep (v.1) + show (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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peep show

noun phrase

  1. A supposedly private view, as if through a hole in the wall, of some forbidden sexual activity (1914+)
  2. Leg Show (1940s+)

[found by 1851 as ''an exhibition of pictures viewed through a lens in a small hole'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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