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take someone down a peg

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take someone down a peg

verb phrase

To deflate or reduce someone; esp, to humiliate someone pompous or vainglorious; CUT someone OFF AT THE KNEES: Somebody ought to take that cocky bastard down a peg

[1664+; said to be fr the fact that a ship's flag or ensign was belayed on pegs, hence a lower peg meant less dignity in a salute; take a peg lower is found by 1589]

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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