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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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In some versions, she had previously requested all the townspeople to stay indoors at the appointed hour, and not to look at her, one tailor, since known as " Peeping Tom of Coventry, " looked through his window, for which a miracle struck him blind.
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