have (got) (someone) pegged as (something)

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have (got) (someone) pegged as (something)

To distinctly regard someone as being a certain type of person. I had you pegged as a coward, but I'm impressed with how you stood up to that criminal. Everyone's got me pegged as a loser, but I'll show them!
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have someone pegged

If you have someone pegged, you understand completely what they are like or who they are. Those who have her pegged as fragile singer-songwriter should hear her touring band blasting out their latest song. I want you to know that the drinkers in the cocktail lounge have you pegged for a detective.
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