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peer

n. an equal. A "jury of one's peers," to which criminal defendants are constitutionally entitled, means an impartial group of citizens from the judicial district (e.g. county) in which the defendant lives. It does not mean a jury ethnically, educationally, economically, or sexually the same as the defendant, although, in some jurisdictions attempts are made to meet those criteria. (See: jury of one's peers)

peer

noun associate, coequal, companion, compeer, competitor, comrade, contemporary, contender, corrival, equal, equivalent, fellow, likeness, match, mate, opposite number, par, parallel, rival
See also: contributor, copartner, delve, spy

peer

originally a person with a right to be summoned to Parliament and a hereditary right for his heirs to be so summoned, now created by letters-patent. Disputes as to entitlement are made to the House of Lords on the advice of the Committee for Privileges. The order of precedence is dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and barons. As a result of reforms to the House of Lords in 1999 there are only 92 hereditary peers remaining pending further reform.

PEER. Equal. A man's peers are his equals. A man is to be tried by his peers.
     2. In England and some other countries, this is a title of nobility; as, peers of the realm. In the United States, this equality is not so much political as civil. A man who is not a citizen, is nevertheless to be tried by citizens.

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Peens opened the second half scoring with a 30-metre penalty and Simon Picone's sprint from his own 22 was only just halted in time by Traille.
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Veteran scrum-half Alessandro Troncon scored a try for the visitors, converted by full-back Gert Peens, but Italy are now resigned to finishing bottom of the championship unless they can cause a monumental upset by defeating title contenders France in Rome on Saturday.
Full-back Gert Peens has been brought in to replace Roland de Marigny and will also take on kicking duties, and prop SalvatoreITALY coach John Kirwan has made several changes to his starting XV to face England on Saturday at Twickenham.
Gert peens is determined to make the most of his recall to the Italy squad after being summoned by John Kirwan for the Azzurri's final two Six Nations matches against England and France.
L'Aquila full-back Gert Peens has been drafted into the group with Treviso's Walter Pozzebon missing out.
Johnstone has given a debut to South African full-back Gert Peens, who qualifies under the three- year residency rule.
The home side dominated for long periods, with full-back Gert Peens a particular threat.