Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a sneak peek

a sneak peek
Meaning(s)
1) a brief glimpse or showing of something
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    • take a sneak peek at something
  • Analysis
    This expression is common in both a social and professional context and is usually used in two different ways. Firstly, you can take a brief and furtive look at something that you particularly are not allowed to see, or that is generally supposed to be kept a secret. Secondly, you can be given a chance to see at least part of something that has not yet been made public or fully available. 'A sneak preview' has a similar meaning.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I really wanted to know what present Alice got me, so when she wasn't looking I took a sneak peek under the wrapping paper.
    2. A special screening was set up to give 10 lucky fans a sneak peek at the new blockbuster movie.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company offered a select group of journalists the chance to have a sneak peek at their new product before the official launch later this month.
    2. If you want a sneak peek at what we're working on, feel free to sit in on our meeting tomorrow morning.
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