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    downing a peg, in all probability

    Sajjan Jindal, chairperson for JSW Steel, says, "I've been following the new policy for some time - teetotalers are ambitious, highly productive and specific about their target." While some of the companies surveyed have already made a change in recruitment policies, other HR departments are keen to make 'no drinking' a cast-iron rule. And if an employee is found to be downing a peg too many? The decision to fire such employees will in all probability come much later, says Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal, director PR, ASSOCHAM. ASSOCHAM secretary general Dr DS Rawat says, "As far as entry-level recruitment is concerned, lifestyle habits are influencing decision-making." And the teetotalers are winning.

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    Re: downing a peg, in all probability

    Hello Gary,

    "To down" is "to swallow", and a "peg" is a drink; especially of brandy and soda.

    The use of "peg" may derive from the obsolete custom of setting pegs in the side of a shared drinking vessel, to denote the amount each person should drink.

    (You would be very unlikely to hear this use of "peg" in British English now.)

    Best wishes,

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    Re: downing a peg, in all probability

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Sajjan Jindal, chairperson for JSW Steel, says, "I've been following the new policy for some time - teetotalers are ambitious, highly productive and specific about their target." While some of the companies surveyed have already made a change in recruitment policies, other HR departments are keen to make 'no drinking' a cast-iron rule. And if an employee is found to be downing a peg too many? The decision to fire such employees will in all probability come much later, says Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal, director PR, ASSOCHAM. ASSOCHAM secretary general Dr DS Rawat says, "As far as entry-level recruitment is concerned, lifestyle habits are influencing decision-making." And the teetotalers are winning.
    "downing a peg to many" >> Having one drink too many.

    "peg" comes from Anglo-Indian: "chota peg" = a small drink

    "will in all probability come" >> will probably come

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    Re: downing a peg, in all probability

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post

    "peg" comes from Anglo-Indian: "chota peg" = a small drink
    Ah! Thank you!

    (Scrap my "pegs" idea, Gary.)

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