a peg to hang (something) on

Definition of a peg to hang (something) on

British
:something (such as a fact or issue) that is used as support or a reason for something said or done
  • He used the incident as a peg to hang his theory on.

Word by Word Definitions

peg play
  1. : a small usually cylindrical pointed or tapered piece (as of wood) used to pin down or fasten things or to fit into or close holes : pin, plug

  2. : clothespin

  3. : a predetermined level at which something (such as a price) is fixed

  1. : to put a peg into

  2. : to pin (laundry) on a clothesline

  3. : to attach or fix as if with a peg: such as

  1. : wide at the top and narrow at the bottom

hang play
  1. : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend

  2. : to suspend by the neck until dead

  3. : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension

  1. : the manner in which a thing is poised when suspended from above without support from below : the way in which a thing hangs (see 1hang)

  2. : declivity, slope

  3. : facility with or an understanding of something

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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