The work of searching unexpectedly as from behind a screen to be able to startle some one as by kiddies in play or of looking and attracting all of a sudden straight back as if frightened
- a casino game used small children; you hide that person and instantly expose it as you say boo!
- The act of searching all of a sudden, as from behind a screen, to be able to startle someone (as by young ones in play), or of looking out and attracting abruptly back, as if frightened.
(n.) The act of looking abruptly, because from behind a screen, in order to startle somebody (as by young ones in play), or of looking and attracting instantly right back, like frightened.
At length, as I leaned with my elbow on the bench one day, it ran up my clothes, and along my sleeve, and round and round the paper which held my dinner, while I kept the latter close, and dodged and played at bopeep with it; and when at last I held still a piece of cheese between my thumb and finger, it came and nibbled it, sitting in my hand, and afterward cleaned its face and paws, like a fly, and walked away.