Peep-o'-day boys

Peep-o'-day boys
Peep Peep, n. 1. The cry of a young chicken; a chirp. [1913 Webster]

2. First outlook or appearance. [1913 Webster]

Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

3. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place of concealment. [1913 Webster]

To take t' other peep at the stars. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper ({Trigna minutilla}). (b) The European meadow pipit ({Anthus pratensis}). [1913 Webster]

{Peep show}, a small show, or object exhibited, which is viewed through an orifice or a magnifying glass.

{Peep-o'-day boys}, the Irish insurgents of 1784; -- so called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at day break in search of arms. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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