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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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The tale of Peeping Tom was a later addition to the story.
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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.
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