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peg down

1. To bind, fasten, or secure something to some surface, typically the ground, with or as with pegs. A noun or pronoun can be used between "peg" and "down." Make sure you peg that tarp down or it will get blown away in the storm. I'm going to get some firewood while you peg down the tent.
2. To force someone to conform to something, such as a standard, a set of rules, a course of action, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "peg" and "down"; typically followed by "to (something.)" We've never been able to peg my brother down to the rules my parents set. He's always just been rebellious and stubborn like that. Anyone trying to peg the him down to a logical, consistent ideology is on a fool's errand. I know the artist doesn't like being pegged down to any one genre or style.
3. To force someone to conform to something, such as a standard, a set of rules, a course of action, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "peg" and "down"; typically followed by "as (something.)" I pegged her down as a total bore when she first started working here, but since getting to know her, she's actually pretty interesting. I'm disappointed, Jake—I never pegged you down as a quitter.
See also: down, peg

peg something down

to fasten something to the ground with pegs. After he had finished pegging the tent down, he built a fire. He pegged down the tent before building a fire.
See also: down, peg
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This accounts for the recent vicious attacks on all newly-planted brassicas, as well as some not-so recently planted, so make absolutely sure you've got nets securely in place and peg down right round.
8 Peg down any strawberry runners into pots of compost for planting next month.
Peg down strawberry runners into pots of compost to form new plants.
At Otterspool, there is not only somewhere to get shade, there is somewhere for me to peg down my sunshade.
Peg down the main shoots into the soil so they develop more roots and, as the fruits mature, cut off any leaves shading them from the sun.
Peg down non-flowering shoots of carnations into the soil to root, water regularly and cut off the plant separately when well rooted, to increase your stock.
Some fire to the campaign that is not solely based on the fact Gordon Brown's coat is on a very shoogly peg down south if the Nats do well.
The method of propagation is quite simple - simply peg down to the ground over a leaf joint some of the runners which the plants are producing in huge numbers this month.
Let the strongest runners root in the ground or peg down the plantlets in pots.
Make sure you peg down the edges to prevent birds sneaking underneath.
Weave a cane into the base of the netting and peg down to stop birds getting underneath.