like a square peg in a round hole


like a square peg in a round hole
incompatible, unsuitable, does not belong

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • square peg in a round hole — {n.}, {informal} A person who does not fit into a job or position; someone who does not belong where he is. * /Arthur is a square peg in a round hole when he is playing ball./ * /George likes to work with his hands. When it comes to books, he s a …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • square peg in a round hole — {n.}, {informal} A person who does not fit into a job or position; someone who does not belong where he is. * /Arthur is a square peg in a round hole when he is playing ball./ * /George likes to work with his hands. When it comes to books, he s a …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • square peg in a round hole — a person who does not fit into a job or position He is like a square peg in a round hole trying to do the job of an accountant …   Idioms and examples

  • a square peg in a round hole — I see peg II a person in a situation unsuited to their abilities or character * * * a square peg in a round hole : someone who does not fit in a particular place or situation She felt like a square peg in a round hole at the new school until she… …   Useful english dictionary

  • round — adj., n., adv., prep., & v. adj. 1 shaped like or approximately like a circle, sphere, or cylinder; having a convex or circular outline or surface; curved, not angular. 2 done with or involving circular motion. 3 a entire, continuous, complete (a …   Useful english dictionary

  • square — square1 W3S2 [skweə US skwer] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(shape)¦ 2¦(angle)¦ 3 square metre/mile etc 4 5 feet/2 metres etc square 5¦(level)¦ 6 square meal 7¦(body)¦ 8 all square 9 (all) square 10 square deal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hole — hole1 W2S1 [həul US houl] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(space in something solid)¦ 2¦(space something can go through)¦ 3¦(empty place)¦ 4¦(weak part)¦ 5¦(animal s home)¦ 6¦(unpleasant place)¦ 7¦(golf)¦ 8 hole in one 9 make a hole in som …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • round — 1 /raUnd/ adjective 1 shaped like a circle: a round table | Jamie s eyes grew round with delight. 2 shaped like a ball: a plant with small round berries 3 fat and curved: Charlie had a chubby face and round cheeks. 4 a round number is a whole… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • round — round1 W2S2 [raund] adv, prep especially BrE also around 1.) surrounding or on all sides of something or someone ▪ We sat round the table playing cards. ▪ Gather round! I have an important announcement to make. ▪ He put his arm gently round her… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • square — square1 [ skwer ] noun count *** 1. ) a shape with four straight sides of equal length and four corners called right angles: The garden has flower beds that form a perfect square. a ) a piece of something shaped like a square: Cut the fabric into …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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