One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A peephole, especially one in a door for observing callers before opening.
hole, gap, aperture, space, orifice, vent, slot, window, crack, slit, gash, split, fissure, perforation, cleft, crevice, cut, incision, rent, cavity, cranny, groove, chink, eye, mouthView synonyms
- ‘He has had new locks and a security chain and spyhole fitted and urged other vulnerable people to do the same.’
- ‘‘It's a radical change from the traditional spyhole used in such cells and it allows much better communication between a prisoner and prison officers as well as better security,’ he said.’
- ‘We find a locked door, with a little spyhole, and ring a bell.’
- ‘Ms Lomax looked through a spyhole in her front door and, seeing the figure in Halloween costume, decided not to open it.’
- ‘The door will be equipped with a spyhole and strong locks.’
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