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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
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square peg

verb
See also: peg, square
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In England and France he was the square peg in the round hole, but here the holes were any sort of shape, and no sort of peg was quite amiss.
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.
We had to put square pegs in round holes and change formation which affected us badly," he said.
"We're trying to put square pegs in round holes and it really caught us out today.
"Rowett was playing him as one of the front three and it's sort of square pegs, round holes and not where he's played all his life.
Declaration challenges those who underestimate us square pegs and shares the joy of finding your tribe."
He said: "We've been playing square pegs in round holes - playing me out on the left when I am a centre midfielder, and not being able to get the best out of me because it is not my best position."
|ROUNDING SQUARE PEGS MUCH fuss was made in the Chelsea ranks about the loss of N'Golo Kante to illness, and understandably as he is a fine defensive midfielder.
This is in addition to enabling the Administration to effectively place square pegs in square holes, as well as round pegs in round holes'.
So I wonder if there is a tenuous link between 'squaring the circle' and 'square pegs in a round hole'?
That alone lies with the board - square pegs and round holes is literally how Everton have shaped up for near on two seasons.
Our mystery woman with Amy Linker in the film Square Pegs, 1982
He's been shorn of a handful of defenders and with resources limited anyway it means trying to bash one or two square pegs into round holes.
Earth's unified government has cynically combined the settlement of distant star systems with the culling of extremists and societal square pegs each variety sovereign of their own separate realm.
But the one thing that did strike me was that Alex McLeish attempted to balance the team a little better than before but he's still using square pegs in round holes.