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"down a peg" vs "down a hill"



 
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #1 (permalink) Tue Dec 15, 2009 13:47 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #289 "English Slang Idioms (11)", question 6

Everyone agreed that Jim was too arrogant, and they wanted to knock him down a ..........

(a) well
(b) peg
(c) hill
(d) head

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ESL/EFL Test #289 "English Slang Idioms (11)", answer 6

Everyone agreed that Jim was too arrogant, and they wanted to knock him down a peg.

Correct answer: (b) peg

Your answer was: incorrect
Everyone agreed that Jim was too arrogant, and they wanted to knock him down a hill.
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And why down a peg? I thought that a peg is something like a wooden nail in the wall for hanging clothes.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 16, 2009 13:33 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

No. 'Knock down a peg' is an IDIOM. This is an idiom quiz.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #3 (permalink) Wed Dec 16, 2009 14:41 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Hi Mr Micawber,

Thank you very much for your help. But what about the etymology of this idiom?

I can only guess, but maybe there once was time when the sellers of clothes hang the best of them on the pegs situated higher than other ones. Let us suppouse that sometimes such clothes had not been sold for a long time and the sellers took them down a peg or two. Then people became to apply that to arrogant persons, i.e. 'take them down a peg or two' or then 'knock them down a peg or two' to make them less proud of themselves.

Is there a grain of sense in my hypothesis?

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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #4 (permalink) Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:34 am   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Hello Yuri,

For someone as curious as you are, I'm surprised that you don't take the time to do any internet searching for yourself.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #5 (permalink) Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:20 am   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Hello Mr Micawber,

Thank you for your advice. Now I know the direction and I'll try to search the meaning ang the origin of idioms by myself.

Best wishes.

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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #6 (permalink) Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:46 am   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Does to knock someone down a peg means to put smb down on the ground?
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #7 (permalink) Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:59 am   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

No, it means to humble smb.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #8 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2016 14:18 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

knock sy down=To strike with a hard blow: knocked him on the head.

BUT
knock sy down a peg =
take someone down a notch (or two);
knock someone down a peg (or two);
knock someone down a notch (or two)

=to make somebody realize that they are not as good, important, etc. as they think they are, or to humble sb

"He needed to be taken down a peg or two as he was very haughty."
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #9 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2016 15:07 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Kati Svaby wrote:
knock sy down=To strike with a hard blow: knocked him on the head.

'knock somebody down' - to strike them so hard they fall to the ground.
The given example doesn't quite work as it has no indication that he fell to the ground.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #10 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2016 19:29 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

knock sy down=To strike with a hard blow

the other boxer knocked him down and he fell to the ground. If I say in this way , is it okay? Can I say it in this way?

Sometimes I heard this kind of saying:


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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #11 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2016 19:29 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Sorry, but it is not my mistake that it appeared twice.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #12 (permalink) Thu Jul 28, 2016 21:54 pm   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

knock somebody down - literally, hit them so hard they fall over.
knock somebody down - figuratively, hindered progress to a point where they feel they are at the bottom.
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"down a peg" vs "down a hill" #13 (permalink) Fri Jul 29, 2016 0:18 am   "down a peg" vs "down a hill"
 

Thanks Bez for your answer.
Good night.
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