Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PEEP, n.1, v.1 Sc. usages:

I. n. 1. A tiny point or bead of light, a little jet of flame, a Peek, freq. of a gas-jet. Phr. to pit the (one's) gas at or in a peep, to reduce the pressure of a gas jet to the lowest point at which it will remain ignited; fig. of a person: to put one in his place, administer a snub or rebuff, “squash”, “deflate”. Gen. (exc. I.)Sc. Fif. 1865  St. Andrews Gaz. (15 April):
It is hard that one can't reach the best public well the city has for the want of a little peep of gas.
Sc. 1882  Stevenson New Arab. Nights (1906) 250:
There was no light . . . but a little peep from a lamp.
wm.Sc. 1923  H. Foulis Hurricane Jack 55:
She lit the gas and turned it down to a peep.
Gsw. 1957  Bulletin (24 May) 12:
Wait till I leave the gas on a peep.

2. A small opening, a little aperture or crack (Sh., Ags., Uls. 1965). Sc. 1825  Lamkin in
Child Ballads No. 93. B. iii.:
At the sma peep of a window Balankin crap in.

II. v. As in Eng., but with extended sense = to make a (small) appearance or show. Lth. 1894  M. Oliphant Who was Lost vi.:
His auld things! — that wouldna peep upon him, the man he is now.

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