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square peg

One who acts or thinks differently than most people. Typically used in the phrase "a square peg in a round hole." The young girl who had a love of math and science often felt like a square peg in a round hole when surrounded by her peers. When the man in the fancy suit walked into the biker bar, it was obvious that he was a square peg.
See also: peg, square

square peg

verb
See also: peg, square
References in classic literature ?
A square peg forced into a round hole, he had felt like a daily outrage that long established smooth roundness into which a man of less sharply angular shape would have fitted himself, with voluptuous acquiescence, after a shrug or two.
The report explains how the significant changes in the macro environment in recent years have changed key conditions required for hard currency pegs, increasingly making it look like trying to fit a square peg to a round hole.
Manager Terry Robins said: "A square can makes complete sense as our trolleys, baskets, boxes and even our lorries are all square - now we're putting a square peg in a square hole.
Some kids are here because they are a square peg and simply don't fit the hole,'' said Martin, who was assistant principal for 10 years at both Westlake and Thousand Oaks high schools before coming to Conejo Valley five years ago.
In effect, existing methods of signal processing use brute force to jam a square peg into a round hole.