curtain twitcher

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curtain twitcher (plural curtain twitchers)

  1. (Britain, slang) A nosy person who watches his or her neighbours, typically from a curtained window.
    • 2002, Patrick Gale, Rough Music:
      ...but these self-invited guests made her feel like a curtain-twitcher of the worst kind and she resented them for it.
    • 2004, Harold Love, English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702:
      ...the reader is also accepting the role of curtain twitcher or peeping Tom.
    • 2007, Sean Parker, Junkyard Dog:
      The curtain twitcher who saw the incident exclaimed in detail what had happened and it was pretty obvious that Burnett did not mean to kill him.