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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Wife of Leofric (968-1057), Earl of Mercia. She is said to have ridden naked through the streets of Coventry to persuade her husband to lower the town's taxes.

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  • noun according to legend she rode naked through Coventry in order to persuade her husband not to tax the townspeople so heavily; the only person to look at her as she rode by was a man named Tom and Peeping Tom has become a synonym for voyeur (circa 1040-1080)

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