> Paul po(hook)l. Also 4 Poul, Poule; genitive 4 Powlys, 4-6 Poules,
> 5-7 Paules, 6 Pawles, Powlles, 6-7 Powles, 6-8 Pauls, 7- Paul's. a.
> OFr. Pol, mod.Fr. Paul = Ital. Paolo, Sp. Pablo:-L. Paulum, in nom.
> 1. The English form of the Latin personal name Paulus, well known as
> that of the `Apostle of the Gentiles' (Acts xiii. 9). Used in
> proverbial phrases in conjunction with Peter, q.v.
> 2. tr. It. Paolo, Paul. The paolo, an obsolete Italian silver coin,
> worth about fivepence sterling.
> * 1767 Sterne Tr. Shandy IX. xxiv, I paid five Pauls for two hard
> * 1854 Lowell Jrnl. in Italy Pr. Wks. 1890 I. 191 You give the
> custode a paul for showing you the wolf that suckled Romulus
> and Remus.
> Paul Pry
> Paul Pry: name of a very inquisitive character in a U.S. song of
> 1820; often used allusively (also attrib.).
> * 1829 Macaulay Southey's Colloq. Soc. Ess. (1887) 118 The
> magistrate..ought to be a perfect jack-of-all-trades..a Paul
> Pry in every house, spying, eaves-dropping, relieving,
> admonishing [etc.].
> * A. 1845 Hood Tale of Trumpet xi, She had much of the spirit
> that lies Perdu in a notable set of Paul Prys.
> * 1870 Miss Bridgman Rob. Lynne II. i. 4 It will cure her of her
> Paul-Pry tricks.
> * 1882 Encycl. Brit. XIV. 695/2 Paul Pry,..always his [Liston's]
> most popular part, soon became to many a real personage.
> * 1897 Pall Mall Mag. Nov. 311 Some of the Paul Prys of the
> parish had intercepted the flyman.
> * 1928 E. Wallace Double xiii. 208 There are lots of quiet little
> nooks and places where a fellow can sit without a lot of Paul
> Prys seeing him.
> * 1934 Sun (Baltimore) 27 Apr. 12/2 The Senate's theory that the
> way to enforce the tax laws is to give the Paul Prys of every
> community access to the private details of every man's gross
> and net income.
> * 1956 H. G. de Lisser Cup & Lip ix. 109 It would be ruinous to a
> doctor to be known as a paul pry.
> * 1978 H. C. Rae Sullivan i. ii. 24 Twenty-five thousand
> dollars?.. It's the going rate for a quiet investigation, a
> straight Paul Pry?
> b. Hence
> Paul-Pry v. intr., to behave like Paul Pry; to be impertinently
> inquisitive or prying; also
> Paul-Prying vbl. sb.;
> Paul Pryism
> Paul Pryism, the conduct of a Paul Pry.
> * 1839 Marryat Diary Amer. Ser. i. I. 110 Others mounting..and
> Paul Prying into the bed-room windows.
> * 1865 H. Kingsley Hillyars & Burtons xxx, Who the deuce are you,
> cross-questioning and Paul-Prying?
> * 1927 Daily Express 6 Oct. 8/2 These restrictions were imposed
> during the war... Their maintenance to-day is simply part of
> that fussy Paul Pryism which covers the State with ridicule.
> * 1960 Times 4 Mar. 13/7 The straitest champion of marital
> fidelity would, surely, not defend such monstrous Paul Prying.
And 'Paul Pry' in quotations:
> Found: 15 entries
> 1. bountiful (1830) Macaulay Southey's Colloq., Ess. (1854) I.
> 109/1 ``He [the magistrate] ought to be..a Lady Bountiful in
> every parish, a Paul Pry in every house. ''
> 2. Paul (1829) Macaulay Southey's Colloq. Soc. Ess. (1887) 118
> ``The magistrate..ought to be a perfect jack-of-all-trades..a
> Paul Pry in every house, spying, eaves-dropping, relieving,
> admonishing [etc.]. ''
> 3. Paul (A. 1845) Hood Tale of Trumpet xi, ``She had much of the
> spirit that lies Perdu in a notable set of Paul Prys. ''
> 4. Paul (1882) Encycl. Brit. XIV. 695/2 ``Paul Pry,..always his
> [Liston's] most popular part, soon became to many a real
> personage. ''
> 5. Paul (1897) Pall Mall Mag. Nov. 311 ``Some of the Paul Prys of
> the parish had intercepted the flyman. ''
> 6. Paul (1928) E. Wallace Double xiii. 208 ``There are lots of
> quiet little nooks and places where a fellow can sit without a
> lot of Paul Prys seeing him. ''
> 7. Paul (1934) Sun (Baltimore) 27 Apr. 12/2 ``The Senate's theory
> that the way to enforce the tax laws is to give the Paul Prys
> of every community access to the private details of every man's
> gross and net income. ''
> 8. Paul (1956) H. G. de Lisser Cup &. Lip ix. 109 ``It would be
> ruinous to a doctor to be known as a paul pry. ''
> 9. Paul (1978) H. C. Rae Sullivan i. ii. 24 ``Twenty-five
> thousand dollars?.. It's the going rate for a quiet
> investigation, a straight Paul Pry?''
> 10. Paul (1839) Marryat Diary Amer. Ser. i. I. 110 ``Others
> mounting..and Paul Prying into the bed-room windows. ''
> 11. Paul (1927) Daily Express 6 Oct. 8/2 ``These restrictions were
> imposed during the war... Their maintenance to-day is simply
> part of that fussy Paul Pryism which covers the State with
> ridicule. ''
> 12. Paul (1960) Times 4 Mar. 13/7 ``The straitest champion of
> marital fidelity would, surely, not defend such monstrous Paul
> 13. peeping (1933) Week-End Rev. 8 July 34/2, ``I can assure you
> that neither reporters nor sub-editors find satisfaction in
> playing the rô. le of Paul Pry or Nosey Parker or Peeping Tom.
> 14. picklock (1889) Daily News 3 Dec. 7/2 ``She called him a
> `picklock' and a `Paul Pry'.''
> 15. picture (C. 1825) J. Poole Paul Pry i. ii. 13 ``There is a
> general shout of `Paul Pry'. Picture, and act closes.''