Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva
according to legend she rode naked through Coventry in order to persuade her husband not to tax the townspeople so heavily; the only person to look at her as she rode by was a man named Tom and Peeping Tom has become a synonym for voyeur (circa 1040-1080)
Syn: ↑Godiva
Instance Hypernyms: ↑Lady, ↑noblewoman, ↑peeress

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Lady Godiva UK [ˌleɪdi ɡəˈdaɪvə] US
a woman who rode with no clothes on through an English town in the 11th century as a protest against high taxes
Thesaurus: relating to tax and taxationhyponym

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Lady Godiva [Lady Godiva]
(11th century) the wife of an ↑earl of ↑Mercia. According to ↑legend, she asked her husband to lower the taxes on the people of ↑Coventry and he said that he would do so if she rode her horse naked through the town. She did this, and the taxes were lowered.
See also Peeping Tom

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