In the bibulous days of Shakespeare, the peg tankard, a species of wassail or wish-health bowl, was still in use. Introduced to restrain intemperance, it became a cause of it, as every drinker was obliged to drink down to the peg. We get our expression of taking a man a peg lower, or taking him down a peg, from this custom.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: British