a peg on which to hang something

something that gives you an opportunity or excuse for talking or writing about something

Stock market falls gave the Conservatives a convenient peg on which to hang their plan to cut taxes.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) peg on which to hang something — a peg on which to hang something phrase something that gives you an opportunity or excuse for talking or writing about something Stock market falls gave the Conservatives a convenient peg on which to hang their plan to cut taxes. Thesaurus:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • peg — peg1 [ peg ] noun count * 1. ) an object attached to a wall, door, etc. and used for hanging things on: CLOTHES PEG: Her coat hung from a peg behind the door. a ) an object used for fastening things together: The furniture is built using wooden… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • peg — I UK [peɡ] / US noun [countable] Word forms peg : singular peg plural pegs * 1) British a wooden or plastic object used for fastening wet clothes onto a line so that they will dry 2) an object fixed to a wall, door etc and used for hanging things …   English dictionary

  • peg — peg1 [peg] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(short stick)¦ 2¦(hanging wet clothes)¦ 3¦(tent)¦ 4 take/bring somebody down a peg (or two) 5¦(musical instrument)¦ 6 a peg to hang something on 7¦(drink)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch pegge] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • peg — /pɛg / (say peg) noun 1. a pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together, to hang things on, to make fast a rope or string on, to stop a hole, or to mark some point. 2. Colloquial a leg, sometimes one… …   Australian English dictionary

  • peg — [peg] n. [ME pegge, prob. < LowG source, as in Du peg, wooden plug < IE base * bak , staff > L baculum, stick] 1. a short, usually tapering or pointed piece of wood, metal, etc. used to hold parts together or in place, or to close an… …   English World dictionary

  • peg — /peg/ verb to maintain or fix something at a specific level ♦ to peg a currency to fix an exchange rate for a currency which previously was floating ♦ to peg prices to fix prices to stop them rising ♦ to peg wage increases to the cost of living… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • hang — [c]/hæŋ / (say hang) verb (hung or, especially for capital punishment and suicide, hanged, hanging) –verb (t) 1. to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above; suspend. 2. to suspend so as to allow free movement as on a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • peg — pegless, adj. peglike, adj. /peg/, n., v., pegged, pegging, adj. n. 1. a pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together, to hang things on, to make fast a rope or string on, to stop a hole, or to mark… …   Universalium

  • hang — hangable, adj. hangability, n. /hang/, v., hung or (esp. for 4, 5, 20, 24) hanged; hanging; n. v.t. 1. to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top; suspend. 2. to attach or suspend so as to …   Universalium

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