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  • 1A short cylindrical piece of wood, metal, or plastic, typically tapered at one end, that is used for holding things together, hanging things on, or marking a position.

    ‘We rode to the lake where I saw 3 more horses tied to a peg stuck in the ground.’
    • ‘There he stops, sticking a peg into the ground, and tells his companions to start digging at that spot.’
    • ‘Part of the installation process was to pound some pegs into the ground to secure the swing set.’
    • ‘Instead it's all held together with dowels and pegs.’
    • ‘Use pegs or hooks to store towels as well as coats.’
    • ‘He proceeded to rush up and down the line of pegs, throwing the members' hats on to the floor.’
    • ‘A few extra pegs for the changing room are undoubtedly already on order.’
    • ‘It was a pretty rough climb, I didn't get even half way down when I decided I needed to come back with ropes, pegs and a harness.’
    • ‘They also had to place pegs in the ground with the letters ‘C’ and ‘F’ painted on them to mark the survey.’
    • ‘While his partner had been busy with that job, Haig had driven pegs into the ground, marked out a grid and plotted the positions of the signals from his metal detector.’
    • ‘It's helpful to stand back from the ball and survey the terrain before you put your peg in the ground.’
    • ‘The surveyors hammered a peg into the ground which was removed by campaigners prompting Mr Bradbury to claim that his party was being obstructed in its legal work.’
    • ‘Non-ferrous jointing methods include simple timber pegs and cord or rope bindings.’
    • ‘In addition to cutting beams to length, it's often necessary to drill holes for bolts, pegs and other fasteners, as well as for wiring and plumbing.’
    • ‘These openings in the rock were an ideal place to hammer in ‘pitons,’ spikes or pegs used for safety and sometimes support.’
    • ‘Hand-carved wooden pegs - never nails, screws, or anything else metal - are driven in with stone hammers.’
    • ‘Wooden pegs and hand-made nails held everything together.’
    • ‘Overlap the edges by a few inches and anchor the fabric to the ground with wire or plastic pegs made for the job.’
    • ‘On each end of the board, tack a peg with one end pointed.’
    • ‘After looking around the ground floor they removed the coat from a peg in the main corridor and walked out of the club through the front.’
    spike, pin, nail, dowel, skewer, rivet, brad, screw, bolt, hook, stick, nog, spigot
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    1. 1.1A pin or bolt driven into the ground to hold one of the ropes or corners of a tent in position.
      ‘The action is not unlike pushing a tent peg into the ground.’
      • ‘The up-and-down swinging arms are on a plane to drive a tent peg into the ground.’
      • ‘Darryl hummed inscrutably and looked back down at the tent peg he was trying to hammer into the ground.’
      • ‘Claire sat in her traditional spot behind the tent peg.’
      • ‘She put her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen's mallet.’
      • ‘Her opponent slipped on a patch of ice, and fell, cracking his head on a tent peg.’
      • ‘Judges are looking for taught guy ropes and all tent pegs where they should be, otherwise time penalties are imposed.’
      • ‘Taylor's Soy Works Corporation is also considering prototypes for future beanware: biodegradable camping equipment, such as cups, tent pegs, and ground sheets.’
      • ‘We covered up the skidoos with their nylon covers and secured them by anchoring them with tent pegs and guy ropes.’
      • ‘He carefully spread out a ground-sheet and began hammering pegs into the ground.’
      • ‘There was a barely noticeable thump, and then a scratchy sort of noise as a peg landed on the ground.’
      • ‘A brolly is owned by most anglers but not as many take guide ropes and tent pegs.’
      • ‘Close kin, brothers, and fathers position their tents so that the tent pegs overlap and the guide ropes of the tents cross one another.’
      • ‘The structure holding the chamber top is fixed to the ground in four locations with 30 cm steel tent pegs (not shown).’
      • ‘Three hours later, we discovered that we were six pegs and two rods short of a tent.’
    2. 1.2A bung for stoppering a cask.
      • ‘Period pieces show a fire polished finish on the peg of the stopper.’
      stopper, stop, plug, bung, peg, spigot, spile, seal
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  • 2A point or limit on a scale, especially of exchange rates.

    • ‘the Mexican peso, linked to the dollar by a crawling peg, was distinctly too high’
  • 3mainly Indian A measure of liquor.

    ‘have a peg of whiskey’
    • ‘He went and told Grierson about the bet that he had with Barua - a peg of whisky, which would knock a mule over.’
    • ‘Most drinking scenes in films start with the dialogue ‘you drink two pegs and forget all worries.’’
    • ‘Then it's over to flashy dance floors and fast pulsating music that becomes all the more stirring after quaffing a few mugs of chilled beer or a few pegs of booze.’
    • ‘I stopped smoking eight months ago and alcohol is reduced to two pegs once a week.’
    • ‘He had settled himself comfortably as if he had all the time in the world, ordered a large peg of his favorite Scotch whisky, and then, things just went out of control.’
  • 4 informal A person's leg.

    • ‘I have a good right peg and the ball ended up in the back of the net’
    lower limb, shank
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  • 5Baseball
    A strong throw, especially in baseball.

    ‘Meanwhile, Santa rounded third and headed for home, as the shortstop finally came to his senses and threw a perfect peg to catcher Yunir Garcia, who held the ball in a collision at the plate.’
    • ‘Miraculously, Posada managed to find the ball, whirl and throw a perfect peg down to second to impale the Impaler.’
    • ‘Conine scored easily, but as Encarnacion headed home, Boone cut off a strong peg from Matsui and fired across the diamond to try to hold Pierre, conceding the run.’
    • ‘Karim Garcia's strong peg off the carom nearly nailed Manny as he nonchalanted his way to second base.’
    • ‘The peg from shortstop required unimaginable effort.’



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verbverb pegs, verb pegging, verb pegged

  • 1with object and adverbial Fix or make fast with a peg or pegs.

    ‘drape individual plants with nets, pegging down the edges’
    • ‘Propagate strawberry plants once the crop is finished by pegging down a couple of runners from your best plants.’
    • ‘The lines on the docks were basic things: narrow gauge steel tracks pegged directly to the ties.’
    fix, pin, attach, fasten, secure, make fast
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  • 2with object Fix (a price, rate, or amount) at a particular level.

    ‘A student loan starts accruing interest from the moment it is borrowed, but the interest rate is pegged to the retail price index.’
    • ‘In response for their support, rates were pegged at their present level for three years in return for keeping its peak-time audience at last year's level.’
    • ‘The only saving grace for the moment is that mortgage rates are pegged at reasonable levels, thanks to the EU Bank.’
    • ‘Prices of 110 items, all wages and salaries, and transport rates were pegged at the 15 December 1942 level.’
    • ‘The publishing industry defends its pricing policies, saying that foreign sales would be impossible if book prices were not pegged to local market conditions.’
    • ‘Officially, the unemployment rate is pegged at 16 percent, but many observers say it is closer to 30 or 35 percent.’
    • ‘If your rate was pegged at 6%, for example, it cannot go higher than that, but it can go lower if rates slide.’
    • ‘On an average, the annual growth rate is pegged at 8 per cent but this is not guaranteed.’
    • ‘The rate is pegged at 0.99% above base rates for the life of the loan and redemption penalties apply for three years.’
    • ‘A second rate, recently 2.88%, is pegged to the inflation rate.’
    • ‘If this happens, the impact of the price cut will be immediately wiped out, because Australian petrol prices are pegged to world oil prices, measured in US dollars.’
    • ‘But the most significant gap is with China, whose currency is pegged at a rate of about 8.3 yuan to the dollar.’
    • ‘For decades, the yuan has been pegged at a low rate to the US dollar.’
    • ‘Its design capacity was pegged at 25 million to 30 million passengers annually.’
    • ‘Its price, currently $20, is pegged to the market price of black truffles.’
    • ‘The exact wage varies, but is usually pegged at the amount needed to keep a working family off welfare and other government subsidies.’
    • ‘Tracker mortgages go up automatically because they are pegged to base rate.’
    • ‘The exchange rate was greatly appreciated when it was pegged to the dollar in 1991.’
    • ‘Wage levels were pegged but prices were rising.’
    • ‘Charges would only rise to £2 an hour if the council tax rise was pegged to five per cent.’
    hold down, keep down, fix, set, hold, control, freeze, limit
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    1. 2.1mainly North American informal Form a fixed opinion of; categorize.
      • ‘most music journalists have us pegged as a comedy band’
      • ‘That's another printmaker that has me pegged as a lunatic.’
      • ‘You will also take a letter home to your parents that they will sign, or I'll make sure the school board has you pegged as a troublemaker for the rest of your high school career, am I understood?’
      • ‘In case anyone has me pegged as a reliable apologist for the pharmaceutical industry, I'd like to direct you to this article in the Sunday New York Times.’
      • ‘He has him pegged as a bad guy, and has no interest in trying to sway his opinion.’
      • ‘Most of Canada has him pegged as an ethically challenged dirtball.’
      • ‘While they uncovered many interesting things, such as one of the females they'd pegged as a likely target actually being a transvestite, they came no closer to identifying their quarry.’
      • ‘It doesn't come with the glamorous hernia ‘bulge,’ so my HMO's team of medical geniuses had it pegged as an abdominal strain for three months.’
      • ‘Potential recruits from out-of-state may have it pegged as isolated, provincial, and homogeneous - not to mention awfully cold in winter.’
      • ‘‘Right from the beginning I had myself pegged as a poor liar,’ she says.’
      • ‘I'd been interviewed by the police countless times since I'd found the body… but deep down I knew they had me pegged as a suspect.’
      • ‘Until recently, the vast majority of telecoms investment professionals had Africa pegged as simply too risky to warrant serious attention.’
      • ‘If Jessica was right, she definitely had Michael pegged as a perfectionist, no doubt that carried over into his career as a choreographer as well.’
      • ‘Or if your peers have you pegged as hopelessly dull, shock them.’
      • ‘I had you pegged as weak-minded and subservient - Plinn's little puppet.’
      • ‘He is being pegged as the organization's best defensive center fielder.’
      • ‘One of the latter was a comment that immediately pegged the reviewer as someone from academia.’
      • ‘When one of the dealers is arrested, the gang pegs the new convert as an informer and administers a vicious beating.’
      • ‘You know, I never pegged you as the clubbing sort.’
      • ‘For one thing, both artists and athletes are usually pegged at a young age as gifted or talented.’
  • 3Baseball
    Throw (a ball) hard and low, especially in baseball.

    ‘the catcher pegs the ball to the first baseman’
    • ‘You know sometimes when the pitcher sees the guy on first inching his way towards second and pegs the ball to the first baseman, in a feeble attempt to get the fella out?’
    • ‘Molly pegged the ball and it hit her in the face.’
    • ‘Jamie backed away and pegged the ball, which Brian missed.’
    throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, send, bowl, aim, direct, project, propel, fire, let fly
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    a peg to hang a matter on
    • Something used as a pretext or occasion for the discussion or treatment of a wider subject.

    a square peg in a round hole
    • A person in a situation unsuited to their abilities or character.

      ‘low self-esteem can be exacerbated by a sense of being a square peg in a round hole’
      • ‘She said: ‘I was like a square peg in a round hole.’’
      • ‘She was still a square peg in a round hole, trying to get her head around a system, timetables, a rigid curriculum and attitudes that didn't take into consideration her particular needs.’
      • ‘Asked to play out of position and he looked like a square peg in a round hole in the first half.’
      • ‘He said, you look like a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘She was not prepared to be a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘He admits to having concerns that he may have become a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘But far from being the final piece in the jigsaw, Veron has looked more like a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘Whatever other charges may be levelled at him, he cannot be accused of having been a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘He's still a bit of a square peg in a round hole here, which I'm sure is at least somewhat intentional, but it proves to be somewhat detrimental this time around.’
      • ‘Despite her obvious sophistication today, she spent much of her life as a ‘rebel without a cause’ or even perhaps a square peg in a round hole!’
    off the peg
    • (of clothes) ready-made; off the rack.

      • ‘budget off-the-peg outfits’
    take someone down a peg or two
    • Make someone realize that they are less talented or important than they think they are.

      ‘a few of them were jealous and were trying to take him down a peg or two’
      • ‘Nothing makes for taking you down a peg or two like public humiliation.’
      • ‘But in the long run, it's a good hurt, because it takes you down a peg or two and reminds you what you're supposed to be doing in the first place.’
      • ‘No matter how good you think you are, horses will always take you down a peg or two.’
      • ‘But having puffed us up to bursting point the agency then decided to take us down a peg or two.’
      • ‘And Davis, who is back in the world's top 16 after an absence of some years, has his own personal reason for wanting to take Williams down a peg or two.’
      • ‘That's when you want to take him down a peg or two.’
      • ‘I might take him down a peg or two, you know, as a Christmas present.’
      • ‘These things, no matter how awful or how great, can really take us down a peg or two.’
      • ‘Well if we take him down a peg or two, then at least they'll get the chance to do what they want instead of him telling them what to do all the time.’
      • ‘She wanted to know what this boy was all about, and take him down a peg or two, if at all possible.’

Phrasal Verbs

    peg away
    British informal
    • Work hard at or try to achieve something over a long period.

      • ‘the South African attack kept pegging away’
      • ‘The bottom of their post must have been square, but we kept pegging away and in the second half we got the goal and I think we deserved to share the points.’
      • ‘In contrast, they kept pegging away and, with cooler finishing and a dash of the luck that has deserted them in recent weeks, that 50-point barrier would now be breachable at the weekend.’
      • ‘Poppleton kept pegging away and deservedly equalised when a through ball found Christopher Green, who gave Harry Wright in the Real Cliffe goal no chance.’
      • ‘But I just kept pegging away hoping something would work out for me as the race went on, and thank God it did.’
      • ‘But John pegged away at it for a long time, though he never got his way.’
      • ‘With that attitude, we'll just have to keep pegging away.’
      • ‘Well done, boys, but keep pegging away and the results will come against teams not as clinical as the Aussies (everybody else).’
      • ‘McGrath, Lee and Gillespie will be back, and of course Bichel, Williams and Bracken will also be pegging away.’
      • ‘This opened up the game for Port Trust who kept pegging away consistently at the net.’
      • ‘The West Indies bowlers pegged away determinedly, while the Sri Lankan batsmen were in no mood to throw away their wickets before the showers came.’
    peg back
    • peg someone back, peg back someoneReduce or eradicate the lead of an opponent in a contest.

      • ‘they were pegged back by an equalizer from Jameson’
    peg out
    • 1peg something out, peg out somethingMark the boundaries of an area of land.

      ‘I went out to peg out our assembly area’
      • ‘It is essential the site is pegged out before the planning committee visits it, to eliminate any confusion.’
      • ‘Rex Watkins the siting coordinator said most of the site had been pegged out and numbered and he is confident the registration process will go smoothly.’
      • ‘The new kitchen is pegged out and a safety fence is going up tomorrow!’
      • ‘The first opal claims were pegged out but, as a result of the unbearable heat and the lack of water, work was abandoned within three weeks.’
      • ‘It was expected to remain a small town and as a result only twenty-four townblocks were pegged out.’
      • ‘Within a few days claims were pegged out, tents went up and a blacksmith opened up for business.’
    • 2mainly British informal Die.

      • ‘she looked as if she might peg out any moment’
      • ‘The man grinding the flour suggested this activity was healthier than a modern gym workout (not that healthy, we decided: half of all Viking women pegged out at 35).’
      • ‘After such a marathon 64 years on top, it was scarcely surprising when the Empress of India finally pegged out almost 100 years ago today.’
      • ‘Chekhov pegged out while taking a cure in Badenweiler.’
      • ‘I'll likely peg out in front of the tv on Friday night with the tension of it all.’
    • 3Score the winning point at cribbage.

      • ‘It is not necessary to reach 121 exactly - you can peg out by scoring 2 more when you were on 120 and still win.’
    • 4Croquet
      Hit the peg with the ball as the final stroke in a game.


Late Middle English probably of Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect peg ‘plug, peg’. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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  • Polyethylene glycol.



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