Definition of a square peg in a round hole in English:

a square peg in a round hole

phrase

  • 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 was not prepared to be 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.’
    • ‘He said, you look like 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!’
    • ‘Asked to play out of position and he looked like a square peg in a round hole in the first half.’
    • ‘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 admits to having concerns that he may have become a square peg in a round hole.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I was like a square peg in a round hole.’’