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square peg (in a round hole)

informal a ​person whose ​character makes them ​unsuitable for the ​job or other ​position they are in: He never ​quitefitted in when he was ​working here - he was always a ​bit of a square ​peg.
(Definition of square peg (in a round hole) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “square peg (in a round hole)”
in Chinese (Simplified) 用非所长者, 方枘圆凿…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不適其所者, 方枘圓鑿, 不適合的人選…
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