• "His playful habit of pulling out the pegs."
    "His playful habit of pulling out the pegs."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v peg stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations "The weak currency was pegged to the US Dollar"
    • v peg fasten or secure with a wooden pin "peg a tent"
    • v peg pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
    • v peg succeed in obtaining a position "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"
    • n peg a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
    • n peg a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
    • n peg regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument
    • n peg a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
    • n peg informal terms for the leg "fever left him weak on his sticks"
    • n peg small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The inner sole pegged to the last The inner sole pegged to the last
Pegging the sole Pegging the sole

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are a lot more streamlined than women for swimming, because the female's mamaries create a lot of drag. Enough, in fact, that racing suits have been developed with tiny pegs above the breasts to cause disturbance, which decreases the drag.
    • Peg A drink of spirits, usually whisky or brandy diluted with soda water. "This over, the club will be visited for a “ peg ,” Anglice drink."
    • Peg (Baseball) a hard throw, especially one made to put out a baserunner; as, the peg to the plate went wild.
    • Peg A small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc.; as, a shoe peg .
    • Peg A step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase “To take one down a peg.” "To screw papal authority to the highest peg .""And took your grandees down a peg ."
    • Peg A wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things, as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A support; a reason; a pretext; as, a peg to hang a claim upon.
    • Peg One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
    • Peg One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.
    • Peg To identify; to recognize; as, she pegged him as a good carpenter; he was pegged as a blowhard as soon as he started speaking; he was pegged as a exceptional player even in high school.
    • Peg To put pegs into; to fasten the parts of with pegs; as, to peg shoes; to confine with pegs; to restrict or limit closely. "I will rend an oak
      And peg thee in his knotty entrails."
    • Peg (Cribbage) To score with a peg, as points in the game; as, she pegged twelwe points.
    • Peg (Baseball) To throw (a ball); as, he pegged the runner out at second.
    • v. i Peg To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; -- usually with on at, or away; as, to peg away at a task.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peg A pointed pin of wood, metal, or other material. Specifically— In carpentry, a pointed piece of wood driven into a bored hole to fasten boards or other woodwork; a tree-nail.
    • n peg A pin which serves to transmit power or perform any other function in machinery, etc.
    • n peg A projecting pin on which to hang anything.
    • n peg A small wedge-shaped projecting piece of hard wood fixed to a jewelers’ board, upon which the workman performs most of his operations.
    • n peg A pin used in the game of cribbage to mark the points.
    • n peg A pin thrust or driven into a hole, and generally left projecting, as a tent-peg, used in fastening a tent to the ground, or a vent-peg, used to stop the vent of a cask.
    • n peg A foot or leg. Compare pin in like sense.
    • n peg A pin or point fastened to a pole or string, used to spear or harpoon turtles; a turtle-peg.
    • n peg The nag or wooden ball used in the game of shinty.
    • n peg A stroke; a blow.
    • n peg A drink made of soda-water poured upon spirit, usually whisky or brandy.The name originated with British officers in India.
    • peg To thrust or drive pegs into for the purpose of fastening; fasten by means of pegs; furnish with pegs: as, to peg boots or shoes.
    • peg To spear or harpoon (the green turtle) by means of the turtle-peg.
    • peg To fix (a market price), and prevent fluctuation, by buying all that is offered at that price, thus preventing any lower quotations from being made, or selling all that the market will take at that price, thus preventing higher quotations.
    • peg To work or strive persistently: generally followed by away or along.
    • peg To use the turtle-peg: as, to peg for a living.
    • peg To depart; die.
    • n peg One of the cells or natural divisions into which an orange may be separated after removing the skin.
    • peg To pith (a frog); destroy the brain of, previous to certain experiments.
    • peg Same as to peg out .
    • peg To mark out by pegs, as a miner's claim, each peg bearing the owner's name.
    • peg In croquet, to put out by driving against the winning peg: said of a ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peg peg a wooden pin for fastening boards, or the soles of shoes: one of the pins on which the strings of a musical instrument are stretched: a reason or excuse for action: a drink of soda-water with brandy, &c.: a degree or step
    • v.t Peg to fasten with a peg: to keep up the market price by buying or selling at a fixed price: to make points during the game of cribbage before the show of hands
    • v.i Peg to work with unremitting effort:—pr.p. peg′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. pegged
    • adj Peg shaped like a top
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  • Helen Rowland
    “Woman! The peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch, and the sinner his justification!”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”


On a shoogly peg - (Scot) Something, like a person's job, that's on a shoogly peg is insecure.
Square peg in a round hole - If somebody's in a situation, organisation, etc, where they don't fit in and feel out of place, they are a square peg in a round hole.
Take someone down a peg - If someone is taken down a peg (or taken down a peg or two), they lose status in the eyes of others because of something they have done wrong or badly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pegge,; cf. Sw. pigg, Dan. pig, a point, prickle, and E. peak,


In literature:

The pegs would not hold.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Lennon thrust in the crank peg, folded his arms, and leaned against the windlass.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Finally the London bankers who had been the victims of this speculation, decided upon a new issue of pegged currency.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
It is a wooden bar with a row of closely set, fine, wooden pegs.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
At about noon it began to mount, and it rose peg by peg till it closed at 57-1/2.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
This member was an old woman named Peg.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
I never needed to punish Peg when she was a little girl; it was enough to show that she had grieved me.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
I heard Peg Macllrea sing it once, Matier's Peg, and I'm not likely to forget her voice.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Mr. Flanagan hurried from his shop with a large oilskin cape taken from a peg in his men's outfitting department.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
Prices were pegged and farmers forced to pay taxes in produce.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore

In poetry:

The army-surgeons made him limbs:
Said he, 'They're only pegs;
But there's as wooden members quite,
As represent my legs.'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
One end he tied around a beam,
And then removed his pegs;
And, as his legs were off — of course
He soon was off his legs.
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
"Though winds blow cold and I grow old,
My tent is fast and fair:
The pegs are dead men's stout right arms,
The cords, their golden hair."
"The Ballad of Zacho (a Greek legend)" by James Elroy Flecker
An' Jock he sniggered, an' Jock he smiled,
An' ower the card-brim wunk: —
"I'm a' too fresh fra' the stirrup-peg,
"May be that I am drunk."
"The Fall of Jock Gillespie" by Rudyard Kipling
It is easy to sit in your carriage,
And counsel the man on foot,
But get down and walk, and you'll change your talk,
As you feel the peg in your boot.
"Preaching Vs. Practice" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
One afternoon, after a long weary tramp,
And hard grafting, to which he’s no stranger,
He found, that a letter, had come to the camp,
To warn him, his peg was in danger;
"To A Hatpeg" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Watching Kara Ziemer trot onto the volleyball court with her Elk River teammates, you might have her pegged as a good back-row player, and you'd be right.
As Peg Tillery points out in this week's Dig This, a groundswell of food-growing gardens is sweeping the county.
4 cans shoe peg (white) corn.
According to the Victoria and Albert Museum (it's British + I'm abroad this term = your WKND view peg), I missed postmodernism by five days.
Tania Kovaluk and her husband Lee Williams are followers of Russ Porisky of the Paradigm Education Group, shown in this screengrab from a PEG YouTube video.
Recall involves two models made by Peg Perego, USA Inc between 2004 and 2007.
Academic outlook brighter for students who see well By Peg Quann Staff writer
Peg Dolan and "The Fiddler ".
Lockout would hit extra-hard in 'Peg after NHL's long absence.
Matthew Teague's Secrets for Perfect Pegged Joints.
It was enough for one writer to peg him as an early Heisman candidate.
A recent survey of Bahama Village residents conducted by the Monroe County Health Department pegged a lack of activities for children as the Old Town Key West neighborhood's primary community issue.
(MCT) — LOS ANGELES — Peg Rosenfield has been monitoring elections for the League of Women Voters in Ohio for almost 40 years and has seen just about every voting glitch imaginable.
If you didn't know his story, you might peg Ryan Suchanek as a typical motorcycle enthusiast.
Planned Parenthood supporter Peg Paulson of Carmel, Ind.

In science:

Lin et al. (1996) proposed that the planet orbiting 51 Peg stopped its diskinduced inward migration because of its presence outside corotation before the disk dispersal.
Effect of the stellar spin history on the tidal evolution of close-in planets
For simplicity, we set be := π∗OY (KY − peG−D) which is an actual ideal sheaf since KX = 0 and KY ≥ 0 is exceptional.
Test ideals of non-principal ideals: Computations, Jumping Numbers, Alterations and Division Theorems
Then τ (X, a)ωX = Tre (cid:0)F e ∗ π∗ (τ (ωY ) ⊗ OY (−peG))(cid:1).
Test ideals of non-principal ideals: Computations, Jumping Numbers, Alterations and Division Theorems
Fix D sufficiently large and Cartier such that Tre (F e ∗ π∗OY (KY − peG − D)) = τ (X, a) for e ≫ 0.
Test ideals of non-principal ideals: Computations, Jumping Numbers, Alterations and Division Theorems
Moreover, the coplanarity measurement is also a way to test the formation scenario of 51-Peg type planets.
Detection of a spectroscopic transit by the planet orbiting the star HD209458