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You never can tell when Jeremiah is snooping about, and he's a telltale.

Don't want any of that gang to come and find us snooping around.

He did that by night, just in case patrol craft might be snooping around.

A snooping neighbor had noted the license of the car that had taken him away.

I'd hate to have men coming into my kitchen, snooping around and criticizing.

Here now, you run along and do some snooping yourself about the ranch.

The moment they catch us snooping they'll assume we're enemies.

Look how long she had put up with Mrs. Hewitt's snooping around.

He's little, and he's mean, and snooping, and crooked as a dog's hind leg.

Arden and Dorothy were snooping about, looking through the cracks in the shutters, and even peered under the bed.

WORD ORIGIN

1832, "to go around in a prying manner," American English, probably from Dutch snoepen "to pry," also "eat in secret, eat sweets, sneak," probably related to snappen "to bite, snatch" (see snap (v.)). Specific meaning "to pry into other people's business" is attested from 1921. Related: Snooped; snooping.

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