Origin of peeping tom
Peeping Tom, legendary citizen of Coventry who watched Lady Godiva riding naked
First Known Use: 1769
Biographical Note for peeping tom
Peeping Tom,, British legendary character. According to popular legend, Tom was a prying tailor who was struck blind (or, in some versions, struck dead) as he watched Lady Godiva when she rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England, as a protest against the heavy taxes imposed upon the citizens of Coventry.
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