Results 1 to 10 of 10
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
    • Posts: 250
    #1

    got you pegged

    Policement told the suspect "You got a lot of nerve. Maybe I got you pegged all wrong. Maybe you are a kidnapper."

    What does "got you pegged" mean? Why can't I find it in the dictionary? Got a lot of nerve means the suspect has guts?

    Thanks!

    JY

  1. Chicken Sandwich's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Netherlands

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 1,458
    #2

    Re: got you pegged

    NOT A TEACHER

    See definition #2 here.

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #3

    Re: got you pegged

    Where is this from? I haven't met this expression, but it seems to me that it might mean something like 'I had been thinking that you were a bank-robber [and so, put you - mentally - on the 'peg' marked 'Bank-Robbers'], but maybe I should move you to my (mental) 'Kidnappers' peg'.

    But as I said, this would be a new one for me. I've chiefly met the verb 'peg[ged]' in the phrasal varb 'to peg back'.

    b

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #4

    Re: got you pegged

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    See definition #2 here.
    Is that Am E. Maybe I've just led a sheltered life.

    b

  4. riquecohen's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 6,002
    #5

    Re: got you pegged

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Is that Am E. Maybe I've just led a sheltered life.

    b
    It's frequently heard in AmE.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 1,696
    #6

    Re: got you pegged

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Is that Am E. Maybe I've just led a sheltered life.

    b
    And to think that I've always had you pegged as being so worldly.

  5. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,868
    #7

    Re: got you pegged

    It's fine in BrE too. "I had you pegged as an animal lover but then I saw you eating veal!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  6. charliedeut's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2009
    • Posts: 5,560
    #8

    Re: got you pegged

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's fine in BrE too. "I had you pegged as an animal lover but then I saw you eating veal!"
    That's just because I love veal!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #9

    Re: got you pegged

    "Pegged" also refers to the needle on a speedometer being at its maximum reading (literally hitting the peg in the gauge).

  7. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #10

    Re: got you pegged

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's fine in BrE too. "I had you pegged as an animal lover but then I saw you eating veal!"
    As I say, it's a new one for me. I'd say 'I had you down as...'. In a Raymond Chandler novel I think it'd be something like 'I had you figured for a <noun>'. You live and learn.

    b

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •