(orig. Anglo-Ind.) a drink, esp. of brandy and soda.
|Life in London (1869) 210: [...] to chaff with the flash Mollishers; and in being home to a ‘peg’ in all their various sprees and rambles .|
|Hist. of My Own Times (1995) 66: We kept the pegs moving [during a spree] for two nights, and the way it wound up was just nobody’s business.|
|Scinde 289: Many a man supports his mind through half a summer by means of a meagre pun, or some bare bit of slang, as ‘fin,’ for old fellow, and ‘peg,’ signifying a glass of pale brandy and soda-water.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|Curry & Rice (3 edn) n.p.: [E]ventually do we tear ourselves away, fling ourselves horizontally on the cushions of our vehicle, light our cheroot, quaff our last ‘peg,’ [...] the team moves on, and a parting cheer vibrates in the air as we pass through the compound-gate.|
|F&H].in Belgravia Apr. n.p.: Ensign Plume of the 200th Foot, at present languishing obscure at ‘Gib’ and taking too many pegs of brandy and soda when on guard [|
|Westmorland Gaz. 28 Jan. 6/5: Their demoralization is extraordinarily rapid when once they have taken to ‘pegs’ between meals .|
|Daily News 7 May in (1909) 227/1: Abdullah Bey would smash a brandy peg with any one of us, and on the present occasion quaffed his laager beer like a stolid old Dutchman.|
|Soldiers Three (1907) 30: [of whisky] He helped himself to a fresh peg.‘The Big Drunk Draf’’|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 16 Aug. 2/4: I am much addicted to swearing English oaths, drinking dam lots of pegs and other ramifications.|
|In Tent and Bungalow 19: We had each, Blake and I, a stiff peg from Bob’s soda-water basket.|
|Lord Jim 16: I could drink liquid fire against your whisky peg for peg, b’gosh, and keep as cool as a cucumber.|
|Mr Beke of Blacks 235: At this moment, however, Mr. Fane is sipping a peg in the ante-room of the mess, and talking war sapiently.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Dec. 40/4: My Love is as bald as an egg, / And red as a beet is his nose; / For years he has taken his ‘peg’; / Immense bills for whisky he owes.|
|Dope 131: ‘You’re right, old bird!’ said Jim, pouring out a stiff peg of the spirit.|
|White Monkey 323: Have a peg, sir? I’ve got brandy here.|
|Have His Carcase 184: He poured himself out a stiff peg.|
|Capricornia (1939) 26: [He] got out a bottle that was roughly labelled Henn’s Ambrosia, and drank a peg.|
|Decade 194: A peg of whisky.|
a public house.
|DSUE (1984) 866: [...] from ca. 1920.|
to drink heavily.
|[||Chester Courant 4 May 4/4: The meaning of ‘A Peg Too Low’ — the Peg tankard, a species of wassail bowl [...] which was divided by pegs to ascertain the quantity each person drank].|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
a champagne cocktail, champagne mixed with brandy.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Dec. 14/2: I’ll take payment in kind – one page – any one page – for a case of fizz – the genuine article – and three bottles of three-star. The other fit’s coming on, and I’d like to taste King’s Peg again.|
1. to stop doing something, esp. to stop drinking.
|DSUE (8th edn) 866/1: C.19–early 20.|
2. to cut off someone’s credit.
|DSUE (8th edn) 866/1: late C.19–20.|