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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
1850-1855
1850-55
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Word Origin and History for peep-show
n.

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

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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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Encyclopedia Article for peep-show

peep show

children's toy and scientific curiosity, usually consisting of a box with an eyehole, through which the viewer sees a miniature scene or stage setting, painted or constructed in perspective. Peep shows of an earlier time are often the only accurate representation of the stage design and scenery of the period

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