Definitions

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  • n. The act of looking out suddenly, as from behind a screen, so as to startle someone (as by children in play), or of looking out and drawing suddenly back, as if frightened.
  • n. Any whistling frog.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • So before you could say, go bo-peep go, I was inside the henna tent getting my tat painted on.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • “You are going to leave me, then, my old playfellow,” said the boy; “and there is an end of all our game at bo-peep with the cowardly lubbards whom I brought hither to have their broad-footed nags shed by the devil and his imps?”

    Kenilworth

  • He had challenged the public to a game at bo-peep, and if he was discovered in his ‘hiding-hole,’ he must submit to the shame of detection.

    Waverley

  • That he, who had been told by the servants continually that all the land for miles and miles around was his, should be shut out like a beggar, and compelled to play bo-peep, by people who lived in a hole in the ground, was a little more than in the whole entire course of his life he could ever have imagined.

    Mary Anerley

  • Few would have thought it possible, to see John playing at bo-peep round the mast, that he was the man who had caught up an iron bar and struck a Malay and a

    The Wreck of the Golden Mary, by Charles Dickens

  • I am like an old man gazing at the outside of his spectacles, and seeing, as he rubs the dust, the image of his grandson playing at bo-peep with him.

    Lorna Doone

  • For to tell the truth, I was heartily tired of lurking and playing bo-peep so long; to which nothing could have reconciled me, except my fear for Lorna.

    Lorna Doone

  • In Deedish, ‘bo-peep’ is just a verbasaurus, primitive and old, a right toothy word for‘lostify.’

    The Welkening

  • Astrologers, quoth my father, know better than us both: — the trine and sextil aspects have jumped awry, — or the opposite of their ascendents have not hit it, as they should, — or the lords of the genitures (as they call them) have been at bo-peep, — or something has been wrong above, or below with us.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Jemima was again at her elbow, and the restraint of her presence did not prevent an animated conversation, in which love, sly urchin, was ever at bo-peep.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

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  • ...I took coach, with one of the windows quite up, the other almost up, playing at bo-peep at every chariot I saw in my way to Lincoln's Inn Fields...

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 20, 2007