a square peg in a round hole

Definition of a square peg in a round hole

  1. :  someone who does not fit in a particular place or situation <She felt like a square peg in a round hole at the new school until she made some new friends.>

Word by Word Definitions

squareplay
  1. :  an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles

    :  a rectangle with all four sides equal

    :  any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games

  1. :  having four equal sides and four right angles

    :  forming a right angle

    :  having a square base

  1. :  to make square or rectangular

    :  to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface

    :  to bring approximately to a right angle

  1. :  in a straightforward or honest manner

    :  so as to face or be face-to-face

    :  at right angles

  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

    :  clothespin

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

  1. :  to put a peg into

    :  to pin (laundry) on a clothesline

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

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

roundplay
  1. :  having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center

    :  cylindrical

    :  approximately round

  1. :  around

  1. :  something (such as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round

    :  a knot of people

    :  a circle of things

  1. :  to make round

    :  to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\)

    :  to pronounce with lip rounding :  labialize

  1. :  around

    :  all during :  throughout

  1. :  whisper

    :  to speak to in a whisper

holeplay
  1. :  an opening through something :  perforation

    :  an area where something is missing :  gap: such as

    :  a serious discrepancy :  flaw, weakness

  1. :  to make an opening through or a hallowed-out place in (as by cutting, digging, boring, or shooting at) :  to make a hole (see 1hole) in

    :  to drive or hit into a hole

    :  to make an opening through or a hallowed-out place in something :  to make a hole in something


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