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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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Shahid, with 2 for 43, pegged them down while Mubashir and Hasan chipped in with a wicket each as MB Stars ended at 202.
Pace bowlers Tony Dermott and Dave Rowley pegged them down in the first 10 overs and the Welfare Park side had to fight all the way before they stole home from the third ball of the 17th over.
Evergreen Sixers made first use of the track after they won the toss but managed only 25 runs as the rivals pegged them down with tight bowling and good fielding.