1. a blow, esp. a straight-armed jab; thus peg in the daylight, a blow in the eye; peg in the victualling office, a blow in the stomach; peg in the haltering place, a blow under the ear.
|inHist. Eng. Dramatic Poetry (1831) 198: Strike a pegge into him with a club [OED].|
|Roderick Random (1979) 155: Many cross-buttocks did I sustain, and pegs on the stomach without number, till at last my breath being quite gone, as well as my vigour wasted, I grew desperate.|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 745: Pipes [...] slyly bestowed upon him a peg under the fifth rib.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Peg, a blow with a Streight Arm, a term used by the professors of the Gymnastic Art. A Peg in the Jaws, the Victualling Office or Haltering place, a Blow in the face, stomach or under the Ear.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: A peg is also a blow with a straight arm: a term used by the professors of gymnastic arts. A peg in the day-light, the victualling office, or the haltering-place; a blow in the eye, stomach, or under the ear.|
|Boxiana I 25: And, with one ‘English peg’ in the stomach (quite a new thing to foreigners) brought him on his breeech.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
2. in fig. use, a metaphorical blow, a verbal attack.
|Hooligan Nights 81: All of ’em put in a peg for me as well as they knew ’ow.|