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.
1.1 (also tent peg) A 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.
1.2A short pin or cylindrical object in the neck of a stringed musical instrument around which the strings are wound, and which are turned to adjust their tension and so tune the instrument.
- The Karens play a harp called the t'na, which has five or six strings and is tuned with pegs along the neck of the instrument.
- He wiped the dirt from it and found he was holding a peg from a musical instrument.
- I looked up to see that Ty was tuning his own acoustic guitar, methodically turning the pegs and striking the string.
1.4 informal A person’s leg.
- I'd like Southwell to use his left peg more to drive the ball deep into the opposition's half.
- Chic is idly caressing the ball with his left peg.
1.5A point or limit on a scale, especially of exchange rates.
- The peg will limit the powers of the central banks.
- Under flexible rates, central banks need not use interest rates to preserve an exchange-rate peg.
- It is obviously not always feasible to operate with tight exchange rate pegs, such as the currency board, and larger economies find it particularly difficult to maintain such constructions.
2chiefly Indian A measure of liquor: have a peg of whiskey
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- 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.
3 informal 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.
verb (pegs, pegging, pegged)
1 [with object] Fix or make fast with a peg or pegs: drape individual plants with nets, pegging down the edges
2 [with 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.
2.1 informal, chiefly North American Form a fixed opinion of; categorize: the officer probably has us pegged as anarchists
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- 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.
3 informal Throw (a ball) hard and low, especially in baseball: the catcher pegs the ball to the first baseman
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- 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.
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.Example sentences
- 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.
take someone down a peg or two
- Make someone realize that they are less talented or important than they think are.Example sentences
- 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.
- informal Continue working hard at or trying to achieve something, especially over a long period.Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
peg something out
- Mark the boundaries of an area of land: I went out to peg out our assembly areaMore example sentences
- 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!
1 informal, chiefly British Die.
Words that rhyme with pegbeg, cleg, egg, Eigg, Greg, keg, leg, Meg, skeg, teg, yegg
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