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peg

 (pĕg)
n.
1.
a. A small cylindrical or tapered pin, as of wood, used to fasten things or plug a hole.
b. A similar pin forming a projection that may be used as a support or boundary marker.
2. Music One of the pins of a stringed instrument that are turned to tighten or slacken the strings so as to regulate their pitch.
3. A degree or notch, as in estimation: Our opinion of him went up a few pegs after he did the dishes.
4. Chiefly British A drink of liquor.
5. Baseball A low and fast throw made to put a base runner out.
6. Informal A leg, especially a wooden one.
v. pegged, peg·ging, pegs
v.tr.
1. To fasten or plug with a peg or pegs.
2. To designate or mark by means of a peg or pegs.
3. To fix (a price) at a certain level or within a certain range.
4. Informal To classify; categorize: I pegged her as an opportunist. Why do you have me pegged as the rowdy one?
5. Informal
a. To hit, especially with a thrown object or fired projectile: She pegged him on the head with a snowball.
b. To throw or fire (an object or projectile): "How did you learn to peg a ball as straight as this?" (Zane Grey).
v.intr.
To work steadily; persist: pegged away until our luck turned.
Idiom:
take (someone) down a peg
To reduce the pride of; humble.

[Middle English pegge, from Middle Dutch.]

PEG

abbr.
polyethylene glycol
References in classic literature ?
I forgot my bashfulness, and pegged away (no other word will express it) with all my might, tumbling over long words, pronouncing according to inspiration of the minute, and doing my very best.
Presently he observed, pegged on the line, strangely incongruous among the other homespun garments, a wonderful petticoat, so exquisite in material and design that it aroused his curiosity.
They clambered up the Council Rock together, and Mowgli spread the skin out on the flat stone where Akela used to sit, and pegged it down with four slivers of bamboo, and Akela lay down upon it, and called the old call to the Council, "Look--look well, O Wolves," exactly as he had called when Mowgli was first brought there.