Definition of peg noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//peɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɡ//
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  1. 1a short piece of wood, metal or plastic used for holding things together, hanging things on, marking a position, etc. There's a peg near the door to hang your coat on. Mark the boundary with pegs. The score is kept by inserting pegs into a board.
  2. 2(also tent peg) a small pointed piece of wood or metal that you attach to the ropes of a tent and push into the ground in order to hold the tent in place See related entries: Camping
  3. 3(also clothes peg) (both British English) (North American English clothespin) a piece of wood or plastic used for attaching wet clothes to a clothes line
  4. 4(also tuning peg) a wooden, metal or plastic screw used for making the strings of a musical instrument tighter or looser
  5. 5(Indian English) a small amount of a drink, especially a strong alcoholic one a peg of whisky
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: probably of Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect peg ‘plug, peg’. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.Idioms
    bring/take somebody down a peg (or two)
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    to make somebody realize that they are not as good, important, etc. as they think they are He needed to be taken down a peg or two.
    off the peg (British English) (North American English off the rack)
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    (of clothes) made to a standard average size and not made especially to fit you He buys his clothes off the peg. off-the-peg fashions See related entries: Describing clothes, In the store
    a peg to hang something on
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    something that gives you an excuse or opportunity to discuss or explain something The character provides a peg to hang the writer’s political ideas on.
    a square peg (in a round hole)
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    (informal) a person who does not feel happy or comfortable in a particular situation, or who is not suitable for it
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: peg