Also, round peg in a square hole. A misfit, especially a person unsuited for a position or activity. For example, Ruth doesn’t have the finesse for this job; she’s a round peg in a square hole. This idiom, with its graphic image of something that cannot fit, dates from about 1800.
- Square peg
verb (used with object) 1. to contort (the features) or squint. 2. to squeeze together or contract. verb (used without object) 3. to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space. noun 1. a small arch, corbelling, etc, across an internal corner of a tower, used to support a superstructure such […]
verb (used without object), squinnied, squinnying. 1. to squint. noun, plural squinnies. 2. a squint.