peep/peek / sneak a look

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yukinohana

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello,

e.g.
"Lock the file up, just so nobody can peep at it."
"Lock the file up, just so nobody can peek at it."
"Lock the file up, just so nobody can sneak a look at it."

Which sentence of above is more idiomatically? Or is there a better way to say it?

Thanks a lot!
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    "Lock the file up, just so nobody can peep at it."

    I would not use any of the examples listed.

    Lock the file so that only those with permission can access it.


    I wouldn't "lock the file up".
    Unless I wanted to be very casual, I wouldn't use "peep at it", "peek at it", "sneak a look at it".
     

    AngelEyes

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    yukinohana,

    An AE idiomatic way to say it would include a couple of your words used together:

    Lock the file (up) so no one can sneak a peek at it.

    AngelEyes
     
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