peeping tom


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peeping tom

n. a person who stealthily peeks into windows, holes in restroom walls or other openings with the purpose of getting a sexual thrill from seeing women or girls undressed or couples making love. The term comes from the legendary Tom who was the one person who peeked when Lady Godiva rode her horse naked through the streets of Coventry to protest taxes. Being a peeping tom is treated as a crime based on sexual deviancy, with various names in different states. It forms the basis for a lawsuit by the victim on the basis of invasion of privacy.

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CONTACT: Steve Martin, of Nasty Little Man for Peeping Tom, steve@nastylittleman.
I don't think the race is as strong as it was for the last two runnings and I think Peeping Tom is the main danger.
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If not, I'm afraid that you don't qualify as a Peeping Tom.
The Canadian raider, ridden by Patrick Husbands, came from sixth of ten to win by nearly a length from 38-10 second choice Peeping Tom.
Time was when a Peeping Tom was a creature to be scorned or at least pitied.
A PEEPING Tom was caught out by his footprints in snow, a jury was told yesterday.
A PEEPING Tom who spied on women using a toilet at T In The Park was fined pounds 600 yesterday.
The fugitive wanted for the murder of teacher Lindsay Hawker wrote a teenage essay about becoming a Peeping Tom.
I want her standing up there telling stories about my life, like the time my wife locked me out of the house while I was outside searching for a Peeping Tom, or the night I drove away from the Italian restaurant and left the pizza for the kids sitting on the roof of my car.
This peeping tom belongs to John and Mona `Bull' Bryngwran on AngleseyThis is Lad, who likes nothing better than sitting in the garden or walking in the mountains.