from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drinking-vessel in which a peg or knob is inserted to mark the level to which one person's draught is allowed to lower the liquor.


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  • (noun) - Our Saxon ancestors were accustomed to use peg-tankards, or tankards with a peg inserted at eight equal intervals, that when two or more drank from the same bowl no one might exceed his fair portion. We are told that St. Dunstan introduced the fashion to prevent brawling. "I am a peg too low" means I want another draught to cheer me up. --Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1887

    April 23, 2018