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square peg

noun phrase

A misfit; an inconvenient and intractable person: They were square pegs who weren't succeeding

[1901+; fr the earlier expression put or drive a square peg in a round hole, fr carpentry or joinery]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I fit into this life out here, like a square peg in a round hole.

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • As a gunner subaltern he had been a square peg in a round hole.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • "He's a square peg, all right," he muttered, more to himself than to his companion.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • As to what particular round hole his square peg could fit he was most vague.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • It may be because of business depression or it may be because the man is a square peg in a round hole.

  • George did not question his informant, thereby showing that he, in the rle of detective, was a square peg in a round hole.

    Mr. Witt's Widow Anthony Hope

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