peep show

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peep show

A term for an exhibition of pictures viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass.

While the term originally referred to a type of entertainment provided by wandering showmen, it now refers to a sex show or pornographic film viewed through a slot.
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Dozens of early modern texts treat the causes and consequences of human deformity, refractory curiosity, and the trade in body parts between collectors, museums, and raree shows, but Hay's Essay is among the first by a "sufferer.
Last Summer there were 10 per cent fewer visitors at Hampton Court, perhaps because people who visit the palace prefer picture galleries to vulgar, overpriced raree shows with actors in Tudor costume.