from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In shoemaking, a small peg or pin of wood or metal used to fasten parts of a shoe together, especially the outer and inner sole, and the whole sole to the upper.


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  • This tough guy Japanese Yakuza mobster getting all squishy; a big blubbering bowl of Jell-O when his three year-old daughter came running up to him with her wide grin filled with those delicate little shoe-peg cornrows of teeth.

    Seventy-two Hours or Less

  • Stews such as Brunswick stew and its spicier Kentucky cousin, burgoo, were a nineteenth-century hodgepodge of whatever was at hand, including small game such as squirrel and rabbit, beans, and shoe-peg corn.

    One Big Table

  • Two 11-ounce cans white shoe-peg corn, drained and rinsed

    One Big Table

  • He has whittled the two, this Yank Yahoo, to peddle for shoe-peg oats.

    Verses 1889-1896

  • No skinflint vender of wooden nutmegs, leather pumpkin-seeds, horn gunflints, shoe-peg oats, huckleberry-leaf tea, bass-wood cheeses, or white-oak hams, ever hankered more for a trade.

    Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons A Personal Experience, 1864-5

  • He described several times “the lurid lunch which the divine Keeler gave us out of his poverty,” recalling especially the beefsteak and the shoe-peg mushrooms and the omelette soufflé, and the way Harte put his hand on Clemens’s “sealskin shoulder” and sputtered out to those present, “This is the dream of his life.”

    Mark Twain


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