peep show


Definition of peep show

: an entertainment (such as a film) or object (such as a small picture) that is viewed through a small opening or a magnifying glass and is usually sexually explicit

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If 19th- and early 20th-century titillation is more your speed, Musée Mecanique has a handful of peep shows, too. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "This arcade is really vintage: Visiting San Francisco’s Musée Mécanique," 29 Sep. 2018 Stan is merely the sad sack who can’t stay away, shakily throwing coins into the peep show machine to see her once again., "What Makes Pose's Biggest Relationship Special Isn't What You Think," 11 June 2018 Or the vintage peep shows (!) in the downstairs restrooms. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Sea what Greg Vernick is up to," 23 May 2018 In rehearsal, Alexander, playing George as being transfixed on his personal peep show, improvised throwing a box of Tic Tacs at her. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 From a thriving theater to a peep show to one of the most highly desirable buildings in the community, the historic Lincoln Park Theater has had quite a run. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Historic Lincoln Park theater goes from XXX films to affordable housing," 9 Apr. 2018 Each chapter or two offers some new perversity, a peep show whose cost is getting through Monk’s otherwise insipid prose. Mike Mariani, Slate Magazine, "Nativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid Style," 22 Mar. 2017 James also disapproves when Gina begins dressing more provocatively, dyeing her straw-colored hair light blond and, during a visit to Barcelona to see her sister (Ahna O’Reilly), watching a peep show featuring a couple copulating in animal masks. Michael O’sullivan, idahostatesman, "‘All I See Is You’: A thriller with more marital melodrama than mystery," 26 Oct. 2017 One company, with 300 peep show machines, was said to have netted $1.5 million in 1969. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part 1: The New Breed," 8 Sep. 2017

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peep show

: a show in which someone looks into a box, room, etc., through a small hole or window and sees pictures or a performance usually involving sex

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