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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from appear

peer

2 verb
     
peer2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
PG to look very carefully at something, especially because you are having difficulty seeing it:
He was peering through the wet windscreen at the cars ahead.
Philippa peered into the darkness.
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