Reference Entry


in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Second edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198609810
Published online January 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191727047

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a place in which something stops and holds fast; in allusion to Shakespeare's Macbeth (1606), where the reference seems to be to the screwing-up of the peg of a musical instrument until it becomes tightly fixed in the hole....

Reference Entry.  42 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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