Main definitions of deal in English

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verb

  • 1[with object] Distribute (cards) in an orderly rotation to players for a game or round:

    ‘the cards were dealt for the last hand’
    [with two objects] figurative ‘fate dealt her a different hand’
    [no object] ‘he shuffled and dealt’
    • ‘The cards are dealt in rotation to the right, beginning with the eldest hand.’
    • ‘The dealer deals out one card to each player (except the dealer).’
    • ‘The cards will be dealt by the player on declarer's left, and cut by the player opposite to declarer.’
    • ‘Five cards are dealt to each player, clockwise, one at a time.’
    • ‘In this casino banking game three cards are dealt to each player and two face down to the dealer.’
    • ‘But perhaps that was the one wild card life dealt me.’
    • ‘When the cards have been dealt, the betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.’
    • ‘Next, a third hole card is dealt to each player, followed by another round of betting.’
    • ‘In the event of a tie, the tied players roll the discard dice and are dealt the number of cards indicated by the dice.’
    • ‘Once these cards have been dealt, the dealer decides when everyone should pick up their cards.’
    • ‘Or should I just accept the fact that fate has dealt me a card from the bottom of the deck and move on?’
    • ‘A second round of four cards per player is dealt face down, stacked on the first rows.’
    • ‘It's strange, sometimes, how life deals you different cards at what seems like the wrong moment, and it's not until you get them all that it suddenly makes sense.’
    • ‘Six cards are dealt to each player, in threes, and the remaining cards are not used.’
    • ‘Seven cards were dealt to each player, leaving 3 cards in the kitty.’
    • ‘In some places it is the player to the right of the dealer who is dealt no cards and sits out of the play.’
    • ‘Nope - fate dealt me a different set of cards this time.’
    • ‘Pai Gow Poker is played with up to six players and the banker, each being dealt seven cards.’
    • ‘The game begins with each player being dealt five cards in the usual way.’
    • ‘Four cards are dealt to each player, and four are turned face up on the table.’
    distribute, give out, share out, divide out, divide up, hand out, pass out, pass round, dole out, mete out, dispense, allocate, allot, assign, apportion, bestow
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    1. 1.1deal someone in Include a new player in a card game by giving them cards.
      • ‘The vicar silently sat at the table and the monk dealt him in.’
      • ‘Europe says deal us in: despite record dollar vs. euro rates, or perhaps because of them, there are some unusual deals and low prices for rooms in parts of Europe.’
      • ‘We would have dealt them in a different time, I think.’
      • ‘Adam gave Rocky an annoyed look, but gathered the cards to deal him in.’
      • ‘Let's deal him in and give him a piece of the cake.’
    2. 1.2 Distribute or mete out (something) to a person or group:
      ‘the punishments dealt out to the rioters were hideous’
      • ‘The same treatment is dealt out to a young mother, who has given birth out of wedlock, and to a pretty young temptress, merely because it is felt that her blossoming good looks may undermine her future.’
      • ‘The stakes were upped last Monday when the consequences of last summer's direct action protest were dealt out at Dingwall Sheriff Court.’
      • ‘You can't help but feel that it's missing a vital trump card - whether it be in the script itself, or the way it is dealt out.’
      • ‘Children were pulled out of their seats by their hair and beatings with the leather belt were dealt out to all.’
      • ‘An alcoholic has been banned from every pub in Basildon after being dealt an anti-social behaviour order.’
  • 2[no object] Take part in commercial trading of a particular commodity:

    ‘directors were prohibited from dealing in the company's shares’
    • ‘For people who deal in commercial property this is an unfortunate fact of life.’
    • ‘Making pictures and dealing in them is an intimate business.’
    • ‘He had with him one Mr. Hanks, a Dutch businessman dealing in air filtration system, solar energy, metallurgical machinery and materials.’
    • ‘Novus is a world-wide franchise organisation dealing in windscreen, domestic and commercial glass repairs.’
    • ‘Meet Archana, now a businesswoman dealing in jewellery.’
    • ‘The bank hopes that it will attract potential customers like wholesalers and retailers dealing in commodity trading, white goods and automobiles.’
    • ‘He worked in the family wholesale business, dealing in hardware and fancy goods, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.’
    • ‘He had done two dangerous things, stealing state property on a large scale, and dealing in a socially sensitive commodity, as well as making an enormous profit for himself.’
    • ‘All businesses dealing in single or linked cash transactions in excess of €15,000 will have to report any suspicious transactions to the authorities.’
    • ‘In IT, a disaster recovery plan is critical for a business dealing in information.’
    • ‘He is also the owner of CRISM, an import business dealing in foreign used vehicles.’
    • ‘Since their arrival in Europe, Roma have been self-employed artisans, entertainers, and middle men dealing in various commodities.’
    • ‘And how many of those ‘businessmen’ who thrive on dealing in stolen vehicles or jewelry are caught and brought to justice?’
    • ‘So election time means good business for shops dealing in shawls.’
    • ‘He was employed as a sewing machine operator at a factory owned by Goodwill Industries of South Florida, a non-profit organisation dealing in used clothing and furniture.’
    • ‘The Nabataeans flourished and built a great city in the inhospitable surroundings, dealing in silk and wool, perfumes and aromatic substances, foodstuffs and oil.’
    • ‘However, this was not his only motivation to decide to stay and open a business dealing in tourism and the export of wines.’
    • ‘Companies dealing in commodities, for instance, still find quality and price the foremost factors in attracting customers.’
    • ‘The ferries and superferries which sail to and from the ports have been particular targets for people dealing in human traffic.’
    • ‘Vendors and retailers dealing in pirated products, either covertly or overtly, pose an omnipresent temptation to already vulnerable consumers’
    trade in, buy and sell, be concerned with trading, be engaged in trading, do business in
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    1. 2.1 Be concerned with:
      ‘journalism that deals in small-town chit-chat’
      • ‘HE MAY not be a person who deals in ifs and buts, but, referencing Rudyard Kipling's poem ‘If’, David Hay is the epitome of a man.’
      • ‘The city archaeologist deals in fact, not folklore.’
      • ‘His local education authority deals in euphemisms.’
      • ‘The NDP's Lisa Hutton is looking to participate in a government which deals in respect for individuals and in positive changes.’
      • ‘Even the bookies are sceptical about the chances of this happening, but a voice worth listening to is that of McLaren's veteran designer Adrian Newey, a man who deals in hard facts.’
      • ‘It deals in postmodern layers of textuality and reality, and as far as I can tell, leaves many of these issues open.’
      • ‘He would not learn here that the law deals in objective truth, that it is concerned with fact.’
      • ‘The book itself will never be serialised in a tabloid paper like ‘The Sun’ because Finney is not the type of person who deals in scandal and sensationalism.’
      • ‘Although it deals in timeless emotions, there is a timely relevance in any film that asks how you escape a world of violence when death does not settle disputes but merely stimulates a hunger for further killing.’
      • ‘This software company deals in ‘legacy development’, which means that it helps companies to migrate from old computer systems and databases to newer ones.’
      • ‘It chiefly concerns one Alex-Li Tandem, who deals in fame, obtaining, verifying and selling autographs.’
      • ‘Hollywood deals in illusions, Arnold has always sought the truth, and that is why her famous pictures of Marilyn Monroe feel like glimpses of a living woman rather than coldly iconic memorials.’
      • ‘Once one deals in principles that are so fundamental, intractable and as slippery as fairness, then the devil, as one says, is in working through its details.’
      • ‘McCall Smith deals in the comedy of character, rather than in farce.’
      • ‘He deals in good old-fashioned American tales of heroism.’
      • ‘While much of the report deals in generalizations, the study's authors occasionally zero in on particular situations with a sharp eye for the telling detail.’
      • ‘This author deals in short-breathed paragraphs that are convincing enough in their own right but never combine into something bigger and better.’
      • ‘It deals in the latest cutting-edge research on farming and science, together with one ingredient that is in short supply these days: solid, good sense.’
      • ‘As everyone who deals in any area of fiction is aware, there's such a thing as two people independently coming up with the same idea.’
      • ‘The situations Abe deals in do not raise epistemological or existential questions; they are deranged treatments of metaphysics.’
      concern, be about, be concerned with, concern itself with, have to do with, discuss, consider, cover, treat of, pertain to, appertain to
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    2. 2.2informal Buy and sell illegal drugs:
      ‘you are suspected of dealing in drugs’
      [with object] ‘many of the men are dealing drugs’
      • ‘He had been dealing crack cocaine with three others, with each of them making about £1,000 a week in profit.’
      • ‘He dealt prescription pills from his Elliott home, police said.’
      • ‘During questioning, both agents admitted to the offence and told officers they'd been dealing in the illegal drugs for a long time.’
      • ‘Under cross-examination you admitted that you dealt cocaine and had been using it.’
      • ‘I had never dealt drugs, manufactured drugs, trafficked drugs or anything.’
      • ‘A woman who dealt heroin on the steps of York Magistrates Court was jailed for three-and-a - half years - and a top judge warned he would do all he could to rid York of the drug.’
      • ‘My parents have come to the conclusion that Rich deals and sells drugs.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the jury was told, the two men dealt heroin to dozens of people across the city.’
      • ‘To do that, your Honours, it would have to be established, in my respectful submission, beyond reasonable doubt, that the man Rocky was dealing in drugs.’
      • ‘Another example, which does not involve public disorder, occurs where a woman is living with a man who, she discovers, is dealing in drugs.’
      • ‘People caught dealing marijuana, or using or dealing most other drugs still face stiff criminal penalties.’
      • ‘One of the raids was in Leyland Road, near Turf Moor, where there had been reports of heroin being dealt from the back door of a house.’
  • 3deal with[no object] Take measures concerning (someone or something), especially with the intention of putting something right:

    ‘the government had been unable to deal with the economic crisis’
    • ‘He said the council had failed to deal properly with his complaint about the Inspection and Registration Unit.’
    • ‘I have never had to deal directly with a terror incident or suspect.’
    • ‘We can't deal on an ad hoc basis with every individual who expresses a point of view.’
    • ‘Every once in a while a coach must deal with issues concerning respect.’
    • ‘Happily, in many respects, his concerns have been dealt with.’
    • ‘More recently he has been saying all First Nations concerns can be dealt with during the implementation phase, which would of course happen after the bill is passed.’
    • ‘Police, health, social services and other organisations should not be afraid to share details of cases when dealing with violence in the home, she said.’
    • ‘There is little doubt then that the increasingly active campesinos and Zapatistas will not see their concerns dealt with any time soon.’
    • ‘Trained volunteers will deal with residents' concerns, passing them on to the relevant authority.’
    • ‘A detective is dealing with both complaints and has personally spoken with the complainants.’
    • ‘She added that the functions of the Liaison Officers would include dealing with concerns and needs of tenants in regard to estate management and maintenance.’
    • ‘The whole sad story indicates how badly the police force has dealt with the concerns of women.’
    • ‘There is an obvious reluctance to deal directly with questions of policy or merits.’
    • ‘Questions of discipline, and questions of investigation relating to the individual concerned, will be dealt with by the department.’
    • ‘As the level of gambling increases, so does problem gambling that cannot possibly be avoided or dealt with by the pusillanimous measures in the bill.’
    • ‘The Society deals with complaints of inadequate professional service and/or professional misconduct.’
    • ‘There have been and continue to be serious tensions and bitter rows - but all concerned have dealt with these in a very adult and professional way.’
    • ‘The trans-local and trans-national terrorists should be dealt with through collaborative security measures.’
    • ‘Bringing things closer into sight is the first step in dealing with potential threats.’
    • ‘He lambasted the HSE for failing to deal adequately with the matter.’
    cope with, handle, manage, attend to, see to, take care of, take charge of, take in hand, sort out, tackle, take on
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    1. 3.1 Cope with or control (a difficult person or situation):
      ‘you'll have to find a way of dealing with those feelings’
      • ‘This is not to say the court system couldn't cope with some reform to deal with new situations.’
      • ‘This gossip can complicate a breakup situation even more, and dealing with constant whispers and apparent ‘truths’ is usually difficult.’
      • ‘This only reinforces his fear and will make it more difficult for him to deal with other new situations.’
      • ‘Passion is fine, but hard work is difficult, and dealing with the effects on people's lives of situations like that is no soft matter.’
      • ‘With the moon in Uranus, you'll find emotional situations difficult to deal with.’
      • ‘Bullies may also turn to this abusive behavior as a way of dealing with a difficult situation at home, such as a divorce.’
      • ‘Are you living with parents who don't understand you, coping with divorce and adoption, or dealing with sensitive and difficult situations like illness or abuse?’
      • ‘CBT teaches coping skills for dealing with or avoiding situations involving high risk for relapse.’
      • ‘But he said police now went for further tactical training on how to handle firearms, on defence and dealing with dangerous situations.’
      • ‘The politic way to deal with this is treat it like something you could maybe help with.’
      • ‘But he had a difficult situation to deal with, and there was no perfect resolution.’
      • ‘Any wonder he has issues dealing with enlightenment concepts like ‘evidence’ and ‘reasoning’?’
      • ‘Of course, our hospitals will continue to deal with emergency cases and treat infectious diseases, whoever is involved.’
      • ‘London began digging out on Friday, dealing with the aftermath of the attacks.’
      • ‘Toop did not have a particularly helpful start to his life and had some difficulty in dealing with confrontational situations, Mr Warren told magistrates.’
      • ‘Officers should also be trained to deal with such situations so they don't continue to handle them in this manner.’
      • ‘Keeping your cool in a situation like this is difficult, but after a few times of dealing with life-and-death situations you learn to turn off emotion and deal with the problem at hand.’
      • ‘You are confident, gracious and just when dealing with difficult people and situations in the family.’
      • ‘Most chief executives never have to deal with the aftermath of death and mayhem.’
      • ‘Just think of all the trouble and all the shame we would have had to deal with if we had treated him like our own son.’
    2. 3.2[with adverbial] Treat (someone) in a particular way:
      ‘life had dealt very harshly with her’
      • ‘It is feared protestors will be dealt with harshly by police and troops.’
      • ‘Most people can sense when they have been dealt with unfairly by their employer.’
      • ‘‘The players have been harshly dealt with by the media,’ he says.’
      • ‘At times I felt we were harshly dealt with but I'm not putting that down as an excuse.’
      • ‘If you do not cooperate, you will be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘The authorities had forced students to do household chores and those who resisted were cruelly dealt with, Mr. Augustine said.’
      • ‘Spammers are jeopardizing what is probably the most significant communication tool in history, and they deserve to be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘Anyone involved in trafficking drugs will be dealt with harshly, and that's the outcome.’
      • ‘If Bennett had his way, those who did not hold his views would be dealt with very harshly indeed.’
      • ‘Adults who opposed Mussolini were dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘If we can find the culprit and he admits this gross error, then he will be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘After all, as every child knows, they have plenty of rights to prevent them from being dealt with too severely.’
      • ‘Those who share the secret knowledge with the uninitiated are dealt with quickly and harshly, people like Lovecraft.’
      • ‘Personally, I believe that players who are caught using any type of performance enhancer should be dealt with more harshly than they are by most leagues.’
      • ‘That being said, should there be any attempts at escape or if any of my staff should be attacked in any way, the perpetrator will be dealt with very harshly.’
      • ‘She said: ‘It is important that people who think they are above the law, and use guns to instill fear in the public, are dealt with harshly.’’
      • ‘Originally only those physically incapable were deemed worthy of charity and able-bodied beggars were dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘They note that he was dealt with more harshly than the student who was just sent back to his seat for making the lewd remark.’
      • ‘Police sources have been quoted as saying the protesters will be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘Those who believe Baxter has been harshly dealt with point to two factors.’
      treat, handle, serve, use
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    3. 3.3 Have commercial relations with:
      ‘the bank deals directly with the private sector’
      • ‘The concept of customer is used in this book in a wide sense to describe anyone who deals with a bank in relation to a banking service.’
      • ‘I have dealt with health practitioners from the legal point of view, and I have dealt with hospitals in relation to the Privacy Act.’
      • ‘Although the company deals mainly with the commercial sector, they will also supply green electricity to residential clients.’
      • ‘A public relations company dealing with the Plaza declined to confirm whether the rumours were true.’
      • ‘Why should not directors and shareholders dealing with each other in relation to the latter's shares be treated as operating at arm's length?’
    4. 3.4 Have as a subject; discuss:
      ‘the novel deals with several different topics’
      • ‘Does your Honour wish me to deal in detail with the special leave questions?’
      • ‘The next section deals with the surgical situations where facial nerve is at risk.’
      • ‘Three articles deal with different aspects of Yiddish theater.’
      • ‘The 180-page report deals in detail with all Irish and European law governing the labelling of food.’
      • ‘Yeah, this book deals primarily with the boys' relationship with Diana.’
      • ‘This book, by a scholar of literature, deals with a subject previously treated by historians.’
      • ‘The story is lighthearted, romantic and fluffy while at the same time it deals with how one woman copes with a very difficult situation.’
      • ‘Each of the members present dealt at length on the projects they were involved in.’
      • ‘The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed a proliferation of novels dealing with the subject of music.’
      • ‘The first two chapters deal exclusively with economic theory.’
      • ‘The subcommittee's report deals in detail with the need to train more orthodontists to work in the public sector.’
      • ‘There is not space here to deal in detail with all the relevant issues.’
      • ‘The meeting dealt with matters concerning the Special Olympics and the visitors from Chad who will be visiting Swinford prior to the games.’
      • ‘There were an impressive collection of articles dealing with fascinating incidents.’
      • ‘Contemporary books dealing adequately with problems associated with Christian suffering are few and far between.’
      • ‘A short chapter deals all too briefly with the history of women's involvement in war.’
      • ‘It is a molecular study, but discusses and deals with morphological information in a reasonable way.’
      • ‘Today, however, virtually all philosophers agree that science deals exclusively with matters of contingent fact.’
      • ‘Bloggers already dealt this year with so-called disenfranchised men whining that they need their own TV network.’
  • 4[with two objects] Inflict (a blow) on (someone or something):

    ‘hopes of an economic recovery were dealt another blow’
    • ‘They were modest, hard-working, genuine individuals, some of whom had triumphed over what life had dealt them and some of whom had simply felt compelled to do something.’
    • ‘The revival was halted when they were dealt another two-pronged setback.’
    • ‘Many people justify their severe punishments of the children in their care, by making references to their own childhood, when they were dealt harsher punishments.’
    • ‘They reportedly heard their mother arguing with the perpetrator and attempted to intervene, when he dealt several chops to the sisters.’
    • ‘King Abdullah of Jordan dealt a rebuff to President Bush on Monday, abruptly putting off his visit to Washington scheduled for later this week.’
    • ‘The recent bus fare hike has dealt yet another blow to the travelling public.’
    • ‘But their newfound romance is soon dealt a bit of a curveball when Lenni's conniving, interfering mother is inadvertently killed - or was she?’
    • ‘Apparently ‘marriage as we know it’ has been dealt a ‘death blow’.’
    • ‘This is quite obviously just another form of harassment dealt by the state.’
    • ‘Second, even if one were to say that the bombers were merely responding to the injustice dealt their brethren, are bombs a justified response to heartfelt grievance?’
    • ‘Dozens of arts and culture groups have been dealt a devastating blow by the provincial government's cancellation of the Community Lottery Board Grant Program.’
    • ‘The Scottish economy has been dealt a new blow by figures that show exports have nosedived in the last quarter despite a solid performance from the rest of the UK.’
    • ‘Hopefully then they'll feel really petty and ashamed that they're taking their rage out on a small child whose only crime is to remind them of the disappointments life has dealt them.’
    • ‘The timing of the pressure struck a raw nerve here, one that was still aching when Turkish lawmakers finally took up the request Saturday and dealt it a surprise defeat.’
    • ‘One of Stob Chon's men challenged Rob Roy to a duel, and dealt the aging rebel a wound to the arm from which he never recovered.’
    • ‘Labour was dealt a bloody nose in Scotland by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP in a general election that saw its tally of Scottish seats fall to 40.’
    • ‘Odolorosa gioia (O dolorous joy) is emblematic of the composer's almost self-flagellating delight in the pain dealt by a cruel lover.’
    • ‘Another of South Africa's up-and-coming African players was dealt a rather unlucky blow this week.’
    • ‘It's taken fourteen months to repair the damage dealt by that troublesome toe and Britain desperately need a third singles player or a specialist doubles team to act as a safety net in the future.’
    • ‘Stainforth is just one of the communities that will be dealt a body blow if Hatfield colliery shuts.’
    deliver, administer, dispense, inflict, give, impose
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noun

  • 1An agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context:

    ‘the government was ready to do a deal with the opposition’
    • ‘The fair, he said, generally ‘is the key to our business,’ producing deals that account for half of his company's sales.’
    • ‘Successive attempts to broker a peace deal have failed.’
    • ‘But he got caught up in some shady real estate deals involving car lots.’
    • ‘This is a lousy week for mundane affairs, like balancing your chequebook, looking for a job or negotiating a business deal.’
    • ‘Bolton's Business Network International is currently enjoying a boom, successfully negotiating deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.’
    • ‘The loss of Labour's majority in last week's local elections has upped the political stakes as opposition parties try to negotiate the best deal.’
    • ‘A little-known singer-songwriter has secured a multi-million pound record deal and television advertising contract.’
    • ‘Venturi has another year left on his contract, but McCarthy's deal expires in March.’
    • ‘The pipeline is more than just a business deal, it's also highly political, because it's about access to oil.’
    • ‘She has expressed concern at the government's multibillion-rand arms deals in the face of growing poverty.’
    • ‘It was the deal the parties had mutually agreed to enter into when they first agreed to cohabit.’
    • ‘It was difficult ‘for people from the traditional and conservative professions to understand how these business deals are made’.’
    • ‘Congratulations are also in order for the other parties in the deal: the governments of British Columbia and Canada.’
    • ‘This is due to the government's incorrigible tendency to downplay the costs and exaggerate the benefits of the deal.’
    • ‘It's been reported that you're pursuing book deals, commercial sponsorship deals…’
    • ‘The best that was on the market, Luis Castillo, signed a three-year lucrative deal with the Marlins yesterday.’
    • ‘Mr Firth said that Yorkshire business people were also becoming better networkers and he expected many businesses to benefit from deals secured at the event.’
    • ‘I like what I do and I've been involved in a number of deals, negotiations and business transactions which have proved satisfying.’
    • ‘Financial matters and business deals are arranged according to your directions.’
    • ‘The time is favourable for businessmen to enter into new deals.’
    agreement, understanding, pact, compact, bargain, covenant, contract, treaty, protocol, concordat, entente, accord, arrangement, accommodation, compromise, settlement, negotiation
    terms
    transaction, sale
    account
    indenture
    engagement
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    1. 1.1[with adjective] A particular form of treatment given or received:
      ‘working mothers get a bad deal’
      • ‘Ask those closest to the action if Scottish players get a better deal from the current boss.’
      • ‘Republicans often argue that Social Security is a bad deal for African-Americans.’
      • ‘If the offender thinks that he is getting a bad deal, he can always get redress in the courts.’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, Jantzie says the situation appears to be a bad deal for the teachers.’
      • ‘We were simply a resolute group of people determined to make the very best of a very bad deal.’
      • ‘The expectations are not always met and we always want to believe that we are at the receiving end of a bad deal all the time.’
      • ‘It is a thoroughly bad deal for our workers and our businesses.’
      • ‘The councillor, like his Labour predecessor, points out that this city gets a bad deal from Whitehall.’
      • ‘Women have a particularly bad deal in the cancer stakes, according to Greaves.’
      • ‘He was born with so much talent, the sporting life has made him extremely rich, yet there is too often the sense of a man who believes he has been dealt a bad deal.’
      • ‘Dr Bass manages to combine humility with humanity and while he never exactly makes me feel good about having cancer, I feel that together we can make the best of a bad deal.’
      • ‘The mark guarantees workers such as tea pluckers in Sri Lanka and banana farmers in the Windward Islands receive a reasonable deal.’
      • ‘So it's a bad deal all around when the rights to associate are snuffed out or aren't granted in these countries.’
      • ‘And that means that any increase in taxes or cuts in benefits would lead to an already bad deal becoming much worse.’
      • ‘A Conservative government with its ridiculous position of re-negotiating agreed treaties will only result in a bad deal for Britain.’
      • ‘Compared to members of other unitary authorities, Swindon councillors get a bad deal.’
      • ‘Jayamma felt she had a bad deal, but she didn't see any way of changing it.’
      • ‘In the meantime Esco workers will be stuck with a bad deal.’
  • 2[in singular] The process of distributing the cards to players in a card game:

    ‘after the deal, players A and B stay out’
    • ‘The player who received the first card from the deal may be known as eldest hand, or as forehand.’
    • ‘The card that was flipped up at the end of the deal is also trump.’
    • ‘Occasionally it happens that a red three is turned up at the end of the deal as a start card for the discard pile.’
    • ‘No more cards will be drawn from the stock until the next deal.’
    • ‘In the old days, maybe a few hundred dollars rode on the last deal of a card in five stud or five draw.’
    • ‘The first deal and the bidding are as in the six-player game, and the high bidder names trump.’
    • ‘The 11 th card in the deal is turned face up, and placed on top of the trump/rank pile.’
    • ‘After the deal but before the players pick up their cards, the top card of each hand is turned up.’
    • ‘During the deal, six cards are to be placed face down in the centre of the table to form a kitty.’
    • ‘After the deal there is an auction in which players bid the number of points their team will try to win.’
    • ‘Older machines took 10 cards - the five needed for the deal and the five that might be needed for the draw.’
    • ‘The deal: the dealer deals 6 cards for the nest and the rest is dealt out to the players.’
    • ‘The four cards that are left over at the end of the deal are set aside until the end of the hand.’
    1. 2.1 A player's turn to distribute cards:
      ‘‘Time for one more game.’ ‘All right. Whose deal?’’
      • ‘After each hand, the deal passes to next player to the left of the previous dealer who is still in.’
      • ‘If both players pass, the bones are thrown in and the deal passes to the next player.’
      • ‘In baccarat the deal goes counterclockwise around the table from player to player.’
      • ‘It's your deal now," said one of the men, under his breath, "and see that this time you deal from the top."’
      • ‘Once all cards have been played, the deal rotates in a clockwise fashion.’
      • ‘It was the last hand of the night and it was my deal.’
    2. 2.2 The round of play following a distribution of cards.
      • ‘The overall chances of drawing a certain card in the deal is the sum of these’
      • ‘So even if you fold, you may still get the chance to win the current pot on the following deal.’
      • ‘This can be done at any time during the deal by an active player who has a card matching their score.’
      • ‘From the second deal onwards, players form partnerships according to their scores.’
      • ‘In the first deal, the player who holds the three of hearts leads to the first trick.’
      • ‘If you draw a card of the trump rank during the deal, you are not obliged to expose it immediately or at all.’
    3. 2.3 The set of hands dealt to the players.
      • ‘If all four players pass, the deal is abandoned, and the next dealer deals.’
      • ‘There may be cards left on the table after everyone has played their cards from the first deal.’
      • ‘As usual, it is suggested that the reader copies the deal and follows the play.’

Phrases

  • a big deal

    • 1informal [usually with negative]A thing considered important:

      ‘they don't make a big deal out of minor irritations’
      • ‘It was a big deal to players in my era because we only ever got paid £8 a week!’
      • ‘So it's not as big a deal among the players as what some people might think.’
      • ‘Perhaps it shouldn't matter, except that the IPCC made such a big deal of the results at the time.’
      • ‘But as a rugby league player and as a supporter, I don't necessarily think that it's going to be a big deal.’
      • ‘The journalist kept asking if other children at school were really rotten to me, and I kept saying that it wasn't a big deal at all.’
      • ‘One of them ricocheted off a wall and hit my leg, but that wasn't a big deal, I didn't even have a bruise.’
      • ‘She didn't make a big deal of it, but I noticed it, and I think it was a symbolic gesture of what was in her mind.’
      • ‘There was an air of acceptance that this is just how some people are and that, really, it's just not a big deal.’
      • ‘The impact tilted it about four inches, not such a big deal to fix.’
      • ‘It's a bit of a waste, given that Merkin makes such a big deal over the fact that Munro rarely gives interviews.’
      • ‘A few years ago you had Gogh Van Go, everybody made a big deal about them - where the hell are they now?’
      • ‘She finds driving around in places she isn't familiar with pretty stressful, so it is kind of a big deal!’
      • ‘We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.’
      • ‘Failing to cover such an important community event would not be a big deal if a local radio station was on air.’
      • ‘Flying was not a big deal for me until an incident a couple of years ago.’
      • ‘In those days cataracts were a big deal - she had surgery, and had to keep her head still for three days.’
      • ‘It reminded me of when I left Scotland, which is a big deal for a Scot.’
      • ‘As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.’
      • ‘Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but after that incident I felt physically ill.’
      • ‘Salles just gets on and tells the story without making a big deal of the beautiful landscape or the moral awakening of the two young men.’
      1. 1.1Used to express one's contempt for something regarded as impressive or important by another person:
        ‘‘I'll give you an allowance,’ he said. ‘Big deal,’ she thought’
        • ‘OK, so big deal you say, but honestly, a few years ago you had to go out of town for this stuff.’
        • ‘But even if she was looking up something slightly more unsavoury, again, big deal.’
        • ‘He didn't turn into anything except human, whoo hoo big deal!’
        • ‘But big deal, it's a matter of time before a company like that one goes more commercial.’
        • ‘If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.’
        • ‘So you might get a black eye - big deal, that's the last resort of a thick bully who has no more words to throw, but you still win.’
  • a deal of

    • dated A large amount of:

      ‘he lost a deal of blood’
      • ‘There was quite a deal of evidence that that amount of money was by no means unusual so far as his situation was concerned.’
      • ‘Other forces have experimented with dealing with complainants in a much more timely way, and a less bureaucratic way, so there has been a deal of innovation.’
      • ‘Luckily, on the evidence of this dire Wednesday performance, he will spend a deal of the winter in Pakistan and will be unable to accept the offer.’
      • ‘It would certainly cost the banks a deal of nuisance and lost employee hours.’
      • ‘Even if the police had the resources to follow beggars around with video cameras, it is debatable whether this extra evidence would make a deal of difference.’
      • ‘I have learned a deal of what I know about the resourcefulness of my own language from the prophets.’
      • ‘The verdict of the committee will carry a deal of weight at Westminster, where it is regarded as a heavyweight body.’
      • ‘It's true, too, for there's been a deal of coughing and spluttering.’
      • ‘I have a deal of filing to do and I'm sure that while I'm doing that I shall uncover a few routine domestic jobs I've put aside out of inclination or irritation.’
      • ‘That's what they say, and there's a deal of truth in it.’
      • ‘There's a deal of writing and talking about the mid-life crisis.’
      • ‘This student and the hairstyle which got him excluded from school has created a deal of interest’
      • ‘Graham is happily pottering about the house and gardens, doing the light jobs, and a deal of his time is freeing up, leaving him at liberty to pursue other interests.’
      • ‘He seemed a bit upset, naturally enough, and spent a deal of time rubbing or wringing his hands while the police talked to him.’
      • ‘Meanwhile drugs squad officers seized E1000 of ecstasy, cannabis and a deal of what is believed to be cocaine in a raid on a house in the Crozon area of the city.’
      • ‘I'm sad to see the last of the poppies, and I feel a deal of sympathy with the plants that are suffering under the drought, but I'm also enjoying the sun.’
      • ‘It's a warm, snug little house, and there's a deal of sense in our sitting back and enjoying it in its fully finished state for a while before moving on.’
      • ‘Another good way to describe my day, because there's been a deal of quiet smiling and contentment but precious little new growth.’
      • ‘I think he has a deal of generosity in his nature, judging by the way he trots over to his mate to present her with any specially juicy bug he may find, so perhaps he wishes me well, too.’
      • ‘It's just that, late in the evening, I'm having a deal of a problem recalling what, if anything, happened this morning.’
  • a good (or great) deal

    • 1A large amount:

      ‘I don't know a great deal about politics’
      • ‘They are rarely in control of all that goes on in front of and behind the camera and thus have to leave a great deal to fate.’
      • ‘Here, indubitably, is a fellow with a great deal to prove to a great many people.’
      • ‘Most biospheric carbon is already in the oceans anyway, and they can take a good deal more.’
      • ‘We have achieved a great deal in the past two years, but we are not complacent.’
      • ‘I think in the aspect of being a person who has a great deal to overcome and a great amount of love to give.’
      • ‘Over the years, through a fair number of house deals, I've got to know a good deal about the process.’
      • ‘He will need time to settle at his new club where it must be hoped he contributes a great deal more than he did at the one he has left.’
      • ‘While some things have become clearer, a great deal else has become far more confusing.’
      • ‘We want to teach patients they have a role too - they can do a great deal to make themselves safe.’
      • ‘There is a great deal at stake for American higher education and academic freedom.’
      • ‘We owe our elderly residents a great deal for seeing us through the war years.’
      • ‘There was genuine appreciation for what is happening here and we now have a great deal to shout about.’
      • ‘It has a great deal to offer whether you are searching for adventure, culture or peace and quiet.’
      • ‘My family had the good sense to leave England three hundred years ago, but I still know a good deal about the sport.’
      • ‘The defeat owes a great deal to the Labour loyalties of the leader.’
      • ‘It says a great deal about a record when its most interesting aspect is the cover art.’
      • ‘It is a very significant cost, and represents a good deal more than the software alone.’
      • ‘The reason why we are in the middle of such a cold epoch has a great deal to do with the positioning of the land masses.’
      • ‘He could talk the ears off a donkey, and he has a great deal to say.’
      • ‘Her outward appearance was no more than a child of sixteen, but she was, in reality, a good deal over five hundred.’
      a lot, a great amount, a large amount, a fair amount, much, plenty
      lots, loads, heaps, bags, masses, piles, stacks, tons
      a shedload
      a shitload
      an assload
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      1. 1.1To a considerable extent:
        ‘she had got to know him a good deal better’
        • ‘The autism appeal may have achieved a great deal, but there is still a great deal more that needs to be done.’
        • ‘I think this new funding will help a great deal with mental health across Scotland.’
        • ‘The second reason seems to be a good deal more plausible than the first.’
        • ‘This book is a good deal better than most, and a good deal easier to read.’
        • ‘Frequent audits of teachers have rendered them a great deal more serious about what they do.’
        • ‘The experience depressed and scared him a great deal so it wouldn't really surprise me.’
        • ‘In that time, I have become a good deal less sure of myself, a good deal more humble.’
  • it's a deal

    • informal Used to express one's assent to an agreement:

      ‘‘It's a deal,’ he said, smiling with satisfaction’
      • ‘You don't threaten me anymore and it's a deal.’
      • ‘She hesitated a moment before curiosity got the better of her and she agreed, ‘All right, it's a deal.’’
      • ‘‘Fine, it's a deal, Miss Heartslain,’ Baldwin said before offering a handshake.’
      • ‘If it means we don't have to go out with you, love, it's a deal.’
      • ‘If you stay with me for the rest of this evening, it's a deal.’
      • ‘And Gorbachev said, it's a deal, or however he would say that in Russian.’
      • ‘I smiled half-heartedly and nodded, ‘All right, Ry, it's a deal.’’
      • ‘‘Okay then, it's a deal,’ I said, although I had no clue on earth what I could bring to show him in return.’
      • ‘If you can include some of the irrelevant information, too, then it's a deal.’
      • ‘Okay, if you can come up with another 200,000 units and make delivery by August 1, it's a deal.’
      • ‘‘Okay, it's a deal then,’ I agreed and gave a sunny laugh.’
      • ‘‘Then it's a deal,’ she said, smiling and putting her hand on my shoulder.’
  • no big deal

    • informal Used to indicate that something is of little consequence:

      ‘We had a casual conversation about it. No big deal.’
      • ‘There's a few problems with the finer details, some really minor compression artifacts and motion blur but no big deal.’
      • ‘No big deal, I've got training tomorrow anyway.’
      • ‘While the 5.1 mix is no big deal, the missing commentary track is irksome.’
      • ‘A business budget is no big deal, or need not be.’
      • ‘There is no big deal made of her Hispanic heritage, which is the way it should be.’
      • ‘The telephone is no big deal today, but 60 or 70 years ago learning telephone safety etiquette was a big deal.’
      • ‘If I don't get a soundcheck, it's no big deal.’
      • ‘In pop music people have done over-dubbing for years, that's no big deal.’
      • ‘That's fine for data, where a few milliseconds of lag time on a transcontinental journey is no big deal.’
      • ‘Forgetting someone's name once, for example, is no big deal: Perpetually scrambling at the last minute to finish tasks, however, warrants a closer look at your behavior.’
  • the deal

    • informal The situation or state of affairs:

      ‘what's the deal with you and that guy?’
      ‘big double standards exist, but he knows the deal’
      • ‘Just what is the deal with those recurring headaches, or Maria's sketchy past?’
      • ‘Here's the deal: organizations are keeping their finances in order and students can hold them to it by paying attention.’
      • ‘Here's the deal with the show.’
      • ‘If we want fresh juices, we must understand the first rule of juicing: cleaning the juicer is an unavoidable part of the deal.’
      • ‘In what I thought was a pretty charming way, I asked them what the deal with the buzzing was.’
      • ‘Gamblers feel smarter than they are because that's the deal; the drinks are always free in a casino, and no one calls you on your self-delusions.’
      • ‘Okay folks here is the deal.’
      • ‘So what's the deal with you and Eric?’
      • ‘What's the deal with Austin then, sounds pretty mad?’
      • ‘What's the deal with your parents? Are they married or divorced?’
      • ‘Everyone else on tour knew the deal with Michael except Jessica.’
  • the real deal

    • informal A person or thing considered to be a genuine or supremely good example of their kind:

      ‘their love affair seems pretty close to the real deal’
      ‘Craig is the real deal, an American running legend’
      • ‘With five years experience behind the desk, working with some of the scenes biggest players there is no doubting their credentials; these guys are the real deal.’
      • ‘This bloke from Dublin is the real deal.’
      • ‘The general consensus from those who trained with him is that he was indeed the real deal.’
      • ‘The biggest burden for a young band like the Vines is the curse of comparison, but the band are the real deal.’
      • ‘She said she had looked at other companies that do what we do, had asked around about us, and had discovered that we were the real deal.’
      • ‘And according to Jon Newey, editor of Jazzwise, the UK's leading jazz magazine, she's the real deal.’
      • ‘She's the real deal; you don't spend time with Robbie without falling in love with her.’
      • ‘Only rarely do you ever really stumble across a movie or get involved in a movie that's the real deal.’
      • ‘If their PR is to be believed, they are the real deal in rock.’
      • ‘To these traveling enthusiasts and collectors, Western art is the real deal, and the cowboy is their hero.’
      • ‘But, as the event drew nearer and details became more readily available, it seemed as though this was the real deal.’

Origin

Old English dǣlan ‘divide’, ‘participate’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deel and German Teil part (noun), also to dole. The sense ‘divide’ gave rise to ‘distribute’, hence deal deal; the sense ‘participate’ gave rise to ‘have dealings with’, hence deal deal.

Pronunciation:

deal

/diːl/

Main definitions of deal in English

: deal1deal2

deal2

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Fir or pine wood as a building material.

    • ‘No matter how late the family worked, when finished Vera scrubbed the table, made from deal, with sand soap perfectly clean for the early breakfast the next morning.’
    • ‘This has red deal timber flooring, wainscoting to dado level, a baluster railing and plaster cornicing.’
    • ‘He still slept in his camp bed, and used a dining-table that he had made out of deal boards with four fencing posts for legs.’
    • ‘The paved back court, under which the kitchen and scullery were situated, was to include at its northern end a ‘seat or small building’ with deal columns.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A plank made of fir or pine wood.
      • ‘In 1876 he loaded the schooner City of Manitowoc with pine deals in Manistee, Michigan and took them through the St. Lawrence River and across the ocean.’
      • ‘Early in 1852, the price of New Brunswick spruce deals had to be reduced because of the competition from cheap Norwegian white deals.’
      • ‘In Britain and America, material was available in timber form, as plank, deals, board, and scantling.’

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dele plank.

Pronunciation:

deal

/diːl/