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peep

US any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris (or Erolia) and related genera, such as the pectoral sandpiper
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The old gentlewoman stole behind Phoebe, and peeped from the passageway into the shop, to note how she would manage her undertaking.
At last, her shot being all expended, the child stood still and gazed at Hester, with that little laughing image of a fiend peeping out -- or, whether it peeped or no, her mother so imagined it -- from the unsearchable abyss of her black eyes.
He hesitated, pulled one way by desire, the other way by fear; then he stole to the door and peeped out, listening; and finally crept close to me and put his mouth to my ear and told me his fearful news in a whisper, and with all the cowering apprehension of one who was venturing upon awful ground and speaking of things whose very mention might be freighted with death.
I peeped out through the willow branches, and there it was -- a skiff, away across the water.