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BOPE’EP. n.s.

bopeep-ns

BOPE’EP. n.s. [from bo and peep.] To look out, and draw back
as if frighted, or with the purpose to fright some other.
Then they for sudden joy did weep,
And I for sorrow sung,
That such a king should play bopeep,
And go the fools among. Shakesp. King Lear.
Rivers,
That serve instead of peaceful barriers,
To part th’engagements of their warriours,
Where both from side to side may skip,
And only encounter at bopeep. Hudibras, p. iii c. iii.
There the devil plays at bopeep, puts out his horns to do mis-
chief, then shrinks them back for safety. Dryden’s Span. Friar.