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[peg-top] /ˈpɛgˌtɒp/
wide at the hips and narrowing to the ankle:
peg-top trousers; peg-top skirts.
Origin of peg-top
1860-65; adjective use of peg top (in the sense “a child's toy that spins on a peg”)

peg top

a child's wooden top that spins on a metal peg.
peg tops, peg-top trousers.
First recorded in 1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To be alone, even at night, in one of the small ravines of peg-top Moor had little in itself to alarm the moorland child.

    Polly L. T. Meade
  • The adjoining figure (Fig. 101) gives a view of the peg-top.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • The men in peg-top trousers and silk stocks, the women in crinolines and poke bonnets.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • My head do turn round, just for all the world like a peg-top.

  • Mayakin spoke fast, whirling like a peg-top amid the crowd of people.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • This was the one with the biggest check of all, and with the peggiest of peg-top trousers.

    Forty Years of 'Spy' Leslie Ward
  • Your aunt actually tells me that she can't persuade my peg-top to spin any more!

    Into the Highways and Hedges F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
  • These proved to be a peg-top, a bunch of string, a small rubber ball and a golden peach-pit.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • It spins to brave music, this peg-top, but its metier is to spin.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • The child who was spinning a peg-top in the street was simply dressed in a short-skirted cotehardie.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
British Dictionary definitions for peg-top


(of skirts, trousers, etc) wide at the hips then tapering off towards the ankle

peg top

a child's spinning top, usually made of wood with a metal centre pin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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