Main definitions of peg in English

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noun

  • 1A short pin or bolt, typically tapered at one end, that is used for securing something in place, hanging things on, or marking a position.

    ‘she put her mac on a peg in the hall’
    • ‘Part of the installation process was to pound some pegs into the ground to secure the swing set.’
    • ‘It's helpful to stand back from the ball and survey the terrain before you put your peg in the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hand-carved wooden pegs - never nails, screws, or anything else metal - are driven in with stone hammers.’
    • ‘There he stops, sticking a peg into the ground, and tells his companions to start digging at that spot.’
    • ‘Instead it's all held together with dowels and pegs.’
    • ‘Overlap the edges by a few inches and anchor the fabric to the ground with wire or plastic pegs made for the job.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wooden pegs and hand-made nails held everything together.’
    • ‘These openings in the rock were an ideal place to hammer in ‘pitons,’ spikes or pegs used for safety and sometimes support.’
    • ‘A few extra pegs for the changing room are undoubtedly already on order.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He proceeded to rush up and down the line of pegs, throwing the members' hats on to the floor.’
    • ‘We rode to the lake where I saw 3 more horses tied to a peg stuck in the ground.’
    • ‘Use pegs or hooks to store towels as well as coats.’
    • ‘Non-ferrous jointing methods include simple timber pegs and cord or rope bindings.’
    • ‘On each end of the board, tack a peg with one end pointed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    spike, pin, nail, dowel, skewer, rivet, brad, screw, bolt, hook, stick, nog, spigot
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    1. 1.1 A pin or bolt driven into the ground to hold one of the ropes or corners of a tent in position.
      • ‘Her opponent slipped on a patch of ice, and fell, cracking his head on a tent peg.’
      • ‘The action is not unlike pushing 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.’
      • ‘She put her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen's mallet.’
      • ‘A brolly is owned by most anglers but not as many take guide ropes and tent pegs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The structure holding the chamber top is fixed to the ground in four locations with 30 cm steel tent pegs (not shown).’
      • ‘The up-and-down swinging arms are on a plane to drive a tent peg into the ground.’
      • ‘Claire sat in her traditional spot behind the tent peg.’
      • ‘Taylor's Soy Works Corporation is also considering prototypes for future beanware: biodegradable camping equipment, such as cups, tent pegs, and ground sheets.’
      • ‘Judges are looking for taught guy ropes and all tent pegs where they should be, otherwise time penalties are imposed.’
      • ‘Three hours later, we discovered that we were six pegs and two rods short of a tent.’
      • ‘Close kin, brothers, and fathers position their tents so that the tent pegs overlap and the guide ropes of the tents cross one another.’
    2. 1.2British
      short for clothes peg
      • ‘The washed garments are rinsed in a little fresh water and hung outside with pegs over the tent ropes to freeze solid.’
      • ‘Half-hidden by the billowing linen, there was a half-full tub of laundry and a handful of pegs scattered on the ground.’
      • ‘If my laundry hadn't dried and the sun was out, with a string round the panniers and a couple of pegs he was a clothes horse as literal as any you'll find.’
      • ‘Number two and three has to be a clothes line and pegs.’
    3. 1.3 A bung for stoppering a cask.
      • ‘Period pieces show a fire polished finish on the peg of the stopper.’
      stopper, stop, plug, bung, spigot, spile, seal
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    4. 1.4informal A footrest on a motorbike.
      • ‘Your feet rests on pegs, your back is flat on the board and your head is slightly elevated so you are able to see where you are going.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Perhaps this announces a new swing of the policy pendulum back in favor of pegs?’
    • ‘So long as countries were committed to defending their exchange rate pegs, there was no possibility that they would succumb to policies of sustained inflation.’
    • ‘Under flexible rates, central banks need not use interest rates to preserve an exchange-rate peg.’
    • ‘We suspect that the Chinese peg has had a major impact here.’
    • ‘The Bush administration wants it to end the peg eventually.’
    • ‘The exchange rate peg is gone, and the peso is trading at substantially depreciated exchange rates against the dollar.’
    • ‘The IMF ploughed money into the country to help it sustain the peg, pledging an extra $22 billion as late as the end of 2000.’
    • ‘Here, the clearest policy conclusion is to abandon the dollar peg for good, especially since hyperinflation fears appear unwarranted.’
    • ‘Indeed, as Rogoff suggests, abandoning the peg to the dollar could be seen as abandoning China's commitment to stable and sustainable macroeconomic growth.’
    • ‘‘There is very little chance that the peg will be maintained forever,’ Chung, a director for ratings, said from Shanghai.’
    • ‘These crises had compellingly shown that holding on to a preannounced peg of the exchange rate does not increase the credibility of the announced policy.’
    • ‘Labor unions supported the exchange-rate peg as a means to control prices and the inflationary pressure on salaries.’
    • ‘In between Japan and the U.S. are European views that there is no ideal exchange rate regime for all countries and that currency pegs can only be useful in certain circumstances.’
    • ‘The peg has served us very well for more than 21 years and given us the stability we needed over the Asian financial crisis.’
    • ‘This exchange rate peg with gold remained a major political issue until McKinley's election in 1896.’
    • ‘To be credible, a peg requires tight fiscal and monetary control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, the government has admitted it can't sustain its old policies, of which the dollar peg is the last vestige.’
    • ‘The peg will limit the powers of the central banks.’
    • ‘For now, the government wants to keep the peg and see what happens next.’
  • 3Indian A measure of spirits.

    ‘have a peg of whisky’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He went and told Grierson about the bet that he had with Barua - a peg of whisky, which would knock a mule over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most drinking scenes in films start with the dialogue ‘you drink two pegs and forget all worries.’’
    • ‘I stopped smoking eight months ago and alcohol is reduced to two pegs once a week.’
  • 4A place marked by a peg and allotted to a competitor to fish or shoot from.

    • ‘There are some ten to fifteen fishable pegs here, over a distance of about half a mile.’
    • ‘Virginia fished on peg 8 whilst I fished next door in peg 7 casting out to the island to my left.’
    • ‘Often miles of river will be almost devoid of decent fish, whilst a few hot pegs will be flogged to death.’
    • ‘The chosen venue was the far bank, below the dam, and we fished pegs three and four.’
    • ‘There are four good pegs on this short stretch and on their day they are amongst the best on the river.’
  • 5informal A person's leg.

    ‘I have a good right peg and the ball ended up in the back of the net’
    • ‘Chic is idly caressing the ball with his left peg.’
    • ‘I'd like Southwell to use his left peg more to drive the ball deep into the opposition's half.’
    lower limb, shank
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  • 6Baseball
    A strong throw.

    • ‘Miraculously, Posada managed to find the ball, whirl and throw a perfect peg down to second to impale the Impaler.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial Fix, secure, or mark with a peg or pegs.

    ‘drape 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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    1. 1.1 Hang (washing) on a line with clothes pegs.
      ‘clothes were pegged out on a line’
      • ‘Greying women potter in flower beds across the fence from pregnant mums pegging washing.’
      • ‘Each time I reached up to peg my wet clothes out in the hot sun, I thought of homes where this is the last thing they are thinking about.’
      • ‘When you wash the sheets and when you reach up to peg them on the clothesline, you can feel the wet cotton against your skin and it's all cool like slipping into a swimming pool.’
      • ‘Looking at them pegged on the line they look somewhat exiguous in nature.’
      • ‘Mum, who had been a nurse, seemed to be endlessly pegging nappies on the line, and I always had a small sister on one hip.’
    2. 1.2 Allot a specified place to (a competitor) in a fishing or shooting competition by means of a marker.
      ‘we've been pegged next to the winning team’
  • 2with object Fix (a price, rate, or amount) at a particular level.

    ‘the dividend was pegged at 23.59p’
    • ‘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 exchange rate was greatly appreciated when it was pegged to the dollar in 1991.’
    • ‘Its design capacity was pegged at 25 million to 30 million passengers annually.’
    • ‘On an average, the annual growth rate is pegged at 8 per cent but this is not guaranteed.’
    • ‘Tracker mortgages go up automatically because they are pegged to base rate.’
    • ‘Charges would only rise to £2 an hour if the council tax rise was pegged to five per cent.’
    • ‘The publishing industry defends its pricing policies, saying that foreign sales would be impossible if book prices were not pegged to local market conditions.’
    • ‘The exact wage varies, but is usually pegged at the amount needed to keep a working family off welfare and other government subsidies.’
    • ‘Wage levels were pegged but prices were rising.’
    • ‘The only saving grace for the moment is that mortgage rates are pegged at reasonable levels, thanks to the EU Bank.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rate is pegged at 0.99% above base rates for the life of the loan and redemption penalties apply for three years.’
    • ‘A student loan starts accruing interest from the moment it is borrowed, but the interest rate is pegged to the retail price index.’
    • ‘Its price, currently $20, is pegged to the market price of black truffles.’
    • ‘Prices of 110 items, all wages and salaries, and transport rates were pegged at the 15 December 1942 level.’
    • ‘Officially, the unemployment rate is pegged at 16 percent, but many observers say it is closer to 30 or 35 percent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A second rate, recently 2.88%, is pegged to the inflation rate.’
    • ‘If your rate was pegged at 6%, for example, it cannot go higher than that, but it can go lower if rates slide.’
    hold down, keep down, fix, set, hold, control, freeze, limit
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    1. 2.1North American informal Form a fixed opinion of; categorize.
      ‘the officer probably has us pegged as anarchists’
      • ‘He is being pegged as the organization's best defensive center fielder.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has him pegged as a bad guy, and has no interest in trying to sway his opinion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Right from the beginning I had myself pegged as a poor liar,’ she says.’
      • ‘Or if your peers have you pegged as hopelessly dull, shock them.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘You know, I never pegged you as the clubbing sort.’
      • ‘Most of Canada has him pegged as an ethically challenged dirtball.’
      • ‘Until recently, the vast majority of telecoms investment professionals had Africa pegged as simply too risky to warrant serious attention.’
      • ‘When one of the dealers is arrested, the gang pegs the new convert as an informer and administers a vicious beating.’
      • ‘I had you pegged as weak-minded and subservient - Plinn's little puppet.’
      • ‘That's another printmaker that has me pegged as a lunatic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the latter was a comment that immediately pegged the reviewer as someone from academia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Potential recruits from out-of-state may have it pegged as isolated, provincial, and homogeneous - not to mention awfully cold in winter.’
      • ‘For one thing, both artists and athletes are usually pegged at a young age as gifted or talented.’
  • 3Baseball
    with object Throw (a ball) hard and low.

    ‘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?’
    • ‘Jamie backed away and pegged the ball, which Brian missed.’
    • ‘Molly pegged the ball and it hit her in the face.’
    throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, send, bowl, aim, direct, project, propel, fire, let fly
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Phrases

  • off the peg

    • (of clothes) ready-made.

      as modifier ‘budget off-the-peg outfits’
      North American term off the rack
      • ‘The woman in the former dressed off the peg and came from an ordinary family.’
      • ‘I doubt they'd be able to get a uniform off the peg for me.’
      • ‘I used to get most of my good suits and jackets off the peg from Simpson's.’
      • ‘They can be bought off the peg or made-to-measure and are in demand for all kinds of events including weddings, parties and a day at the races.’
      • ‘Mr Smith goes on: ‘At this time there was not a lot of choice for women buying off the peg, so Poppy's business was in high demand.’’
      • ‘It's not about going into a shop, buying an item off the peg and taking it home.’
      • ‘Oh, it's off the peg, rather than designer, but, well, a girl has to do what a girl has to do.’
      • ‘They had a choice of suits that fitted me off the peg (including 1 under £100)!’
      • ‘You can order your dream garment or buy off the peg.’
      • ‘The former can be bought more or less off the peg; the latter have to be tailored to fit.’
      ready to wear, off the shelf
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  • a peg to hang something on

    • Something used as a pretext or occasion for the treatment of a wider subject.

      ‘he is used as a peg on which to hang the intricate meshwork of diplomatic relations’
  • 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.’’
      • ‘Whatever other charges may be levelled at him, he cannot be accused of having been 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.’
      • ‘But far from being the final piece in the jigsaw, Veron has looked more like a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘He said, you look like 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.’
      • ‘He admits to having concerns that he may have become a square peg in a round hole.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was not prepared to be a square peg in a round hole.’
  • take (or bring) someone down a peg or two

    • Make someone realize that they are less talented or important than they think they are.

      ‘good to see United taken down a peg or two last evening’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These things, no matter how awful or how great, can really take us down a peg or two.’
      • ‘She wanted to know what this boy was all about, and take him down a peg or two, if at all possible.’
      • ‘But having puffed us up to bursting point the agency then decided to take us down a peg or two.’
      • ‘I might take him down a peg or two, you know, as a Christmas present.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nothing makes for taking you down a peg or two like public humiliation.’
      • ‘No matter how good you think you are, horses will always take you down a peg or two.’
      • ‘That's when you want to take him 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.’
      humble, humiliate, mortify, bring down, take down, bring low, demean, show up, shame, put to shame, make ashamed, discomfit, disgrace, discredit, downgrade, debase, degrade, devalue, dishonour, embarrass, put someone in their place, make a fool of, chasten, subdue, get the better of, have the last laugh on, abash, abase, crush, squash, quash, deflate, flatten, make someone eat humble pie
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Phrasal Verbs

  • peg away

    • 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.’
      • ‘McGrath, Lee and Gillespie will be back, and of course Bichel, Williams and Bracken will also be pegging away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that attitude, we'll just have to keep pegging away.’
      • ‘But I just kept pegging away hoping something would work out for me as the race went on, and thank God it did.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But John pegged away at it for a long time, though he never got his way.’
      • ‘This opened up the game for Port Trust who kept pegging away consistently at the net.’
      • ‘Well done, boys, but keep pegging away and the results will come against teams not as clinical as the Aussies (everybody else).’
      • ‘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.’
      work hard, work away, hammer away, grind away
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  • peg someone back

    • Reduce or eradicate the lead of an opponent in a contest.

      ‘they were pegged back by an equalizer from Jameson’
      • ‘However, by the time the field turned into the home straight, he had been pegged back by the chasing pack.’
      • ‘Andrews pegged Stockport back to 10-12 with a well taken penalty from 30 yards out.’
      • ‘Failing to take their chances, they had been pegged back to a three-point lead by a side which they had outmuscled and outfought for the opening 40 minutes.’
      • ‘It is the third time we have been pegged back and gone on to win at home and it was a tough game today.’
      • ‘Whenever Cambridge made an excursion into Sutton's half, he pegged them back with long, accurate kicks.’
      • ‘Just before half time Keighley were pegged back again.’
      • ‘They pegged us back and then we drove back in an old set-piece move to get a bit of focus back.’
      • ‘We scored a goal, pegged them back as far as possible and created lots of chances.’
      • ‘Within three minutes West Leeds had their first meaningful attack and they had a chance to peg Skipton back with a penalty, but the kick went wide.’
      • ‘It was a good point for us against Norwich pegging them back like that.’
  • peg out

    • 1Die.

      ‘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).’
      • ‘I'll likely peg out in front of the tv on Friday night with the tension of it all.’
      • ‘Chekhov pegged out while taking a cure in Badenweiler.’
      • ‘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.’
      pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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    • 2Score 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.’
    • 3Croquet
      Hit the peg with the ball as the final stroke in a game.

  • peg something out

    • Mark the boundaries of an area of land.

      ‘I went out to peg out our assembly area’
      • ‘It was expected to remain a small town and as a result only twenty-four townblocks were pegged out.’
      • ‘The new kitchen is pegged out and a safety fence is going up tomorrow!’
      • ‘Within a few days claims were pegged out, tents went up and a blacksmith opened up for business.’
      • ‘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 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 is essential the site is pegged out before the planning committee visits it, to eliminate any confusion.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

peg

/pɛɡ/

Main definitions of peg in English

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PEG2

  • Polyethylene glycol.