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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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Strict security measures include the planting of a row of high trees to stop Peeping Toms
watching the proceedings from the beach.
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to please advertisers, and even those--happily--had short attention spans.
They don't want Peeping Toms
with subpoena power peering into their windows to see whether they're in the missionary position.
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