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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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The conclave called for pegging down a long-term balanced plan to develop Lebanon's productive sectors.
Bend the shoot tip upwards and tie to a bamboo cane, then wound that part of the shoot brushing the ground by scraping or cutting a tongue, before covering with compost and pegging down firmly with a stone.
Mukherjee claimed the Central Government has been successful in pegging down the annualized inflation rate to below ten percent.
Renew old strawberry plants by pegging down runners - long shoots with rosettes of leaves on them.
Disease-free and good doers, they don't need pampering, though their long shoots might need bending and pegging down for tidiness and maximum flower power.
3 Cut back the foliage on old strawberry beds, pegging down strong runners where new plants are required.
Replacement plants are easily produced every year by pegging down runners into buried pots of compost until they root and can be severed from the parent in August for making a new strawberry bed.