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peer

Etymology: L, par, equal
a person deemed an equal for the purpose at hand. A peer is usually a colleague or associate of roughly the same age or level of mental endowment.

peer

(pēr) [ME.]
One who has an equal standing with another in age, class, or rank.

peer review

The evaluation of the quality of the work effort of an individual by his or her colleagues. It could involve evaluation of articles submitted for publication or the quality of medical care administered by an individual, group, or hospital.
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The reason for the award of these extra peerages is entirely political.
Downing Street has refused to comment on claims that David Cameron is to give peerages to leading Conservative supporters Brady and former Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose.
Here we have the Chief Secretary to the Treasury receiving a fivefigure sum from someone who was then handed a peerage.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg conferred a peerage upon businessman Rumi Verjee, who has donated three-quarters of a million pounds to the Liberal Democrats during the party's turbulent spell in power.
Lord [Mike] Storey of Liverpool, with congratulations cards in his office at Plantation School, Halewood, after his peerage was announced Picture: ANDREW TEEBAY
It is the latest sting for Mr Byers after Gordon Brown signaled the North Tyneside MP would not be getting a peerage.
Businessman and 'Apprentice' star Sir Alan Sugar is set to receive a peerage as part of a new enterprise role in Gordon Brown's Government.
He told peers: "If, like Lord Laid-law, you give cast iron undertakings to the House of Lords Appointments Commission that you will immediately become resident for tax purpose in this country in order to get a peerage and then flagrantly dishonour them you have simply obtained a peerage under false pretences.
Former Scottish Parliament presiding officer Lord Steel introduced a Bill which would strip anyone who has served more than a year in prison of their peerage.
One of the Labour donors caught up in the cash-for-honours controversy last night admitted discussing receiving a life peerage with the party's chief fundraiser.