Main definitions of deal in English

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verb

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

    ‘the cards were dealt for the last hand’
    [with two objects] figurative ‘fate dealt her a different hand’
    • ‘Nope - fate dealt me a different set of cards this time.’
    • ‘In some places it is the player to the right of the dealer who is dealt no cards and sits out of the play.’
    • ‘But perhaps that was the one wild card life dealt me.’
    • ‘Or should I just accept the fact that fate has dealt me a card from the bottom of the deck and move on?’
    • ‘Seven cards were dealt to each player, leaving 3 cards in the kitty.’
    • ‘The cards are dealt in rotation to the right, beginning with the eldest hand.’
    • ‘The game begins with each player being dealt five cards in the usual way.’
    • ‘Five cards are dealt to each player, clockwise, one at a time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once these cards have been dealt, the dealer decides when everyone should pick up their cards.’
    • ‘A second round of four cards per player is dealt face down, stacked on the first rows.’
    • ‘Pai Gow Poker is played with up to six players and the banker, each being dealt seven cards.’
    • ‘When the cards have been dealt, the betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.’
    • ‘The cards will be dealt by the player on declarer's left, and cut by the player opposite to declarer.’
    • ‘Six cards are dealt to each player, in threes, and the remaining cards are not used.’
    • ‘The dealer deals out one card to each player (except the dealer).’
    • ‘In this casino banking game three cards are dealt to each player and two face down to the dealer.’
    • ‘In the event of a tie, the tied players roll the discard dice and are dealt the number of cards indicated by the dice.’
    • ‘Next, a third hole card is dealt to each player, followed by another round of betting.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘Adam gave Rocky an annoyed look, but gathered the cards to deal 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.’
      • ‘The vicar silently sat at the table and the monk dealt him in.’
      • ‘We would have dealt them in a different time, I think.’
      • ‘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 funds raised were dealt out to the needy’
      • ‘Children were pulled out of their seats by their hair and beatings with the leather belt were dealt out to all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An alcoholic has been banned from every pub in Basildon after being dealt an anti-social behaviour order.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2[no object] Take part in commercial trading of a particular commodity.

    ‘directors were prohibited from dealing in the company's shares’
    • ‘So election time means good business for shops dealing in shawls.’
    • ‘For people who deal in commercial property this is an unfortunate fact of life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In IT, a disaster recovery plan is critical for a business dealing in information.’
    • ‘Making pictures and dealing in them is an intimate business.’
    • ‘The bank hopes that it will attract potential customers like wholesalers and retailers dealing in commodity trading, white goods and automobiles.’
    • ‘The ferries and superferries which sail to and from the ports have been particular targets for people dealing in human traffic.’
    • ‘However, this was not his only motivation to decide to stay and open a business dealing in tourism and the export of wines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since their arrival in Europe, Roma have been self-employed artisans, entertainers, and middle men dealing in various commodities.’
    • ‘Novus is a world-wide franchise organisation dealing in windscreen, domestic and commercial glass repairs.’
    • ‘Meet Archana, now a businesswoman dealing in jewellery.’
    • ‘He had with him one Mr. Hanks, a Dutch businessman dealing in air filtration system, solar energy, metallurgical machinery and materials.’
    • ‘He is also the owner of CRISM, an import business dealing in foreign used vehicles.’
    • ‘And how many of those ‘businessmen’ who thrive on dealing in stolen vehicles or jewelry are caught and brought to justice?’
    • ‘Companies dealing in commodities, for instance, still find quality and price the foremost factors in attracting customers.’
    • ‘All businesses dealing in single or linked cash transactions in excess of €15,000 will have to report any suspicious transactions to the authorities.’
    • ‘He worked in the family wholesale business, dealing in hardware and fancy goods, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.’
    • ‘The Nabataeans flourished and built a great city in the inhospitable surroundings, dealing in silk and wool, perfumes and aromatic substances, foodstuffs and oil.’
    • ‘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.
      ‘a movie that deals in ideas and issues’
      • ‘The situations Abe deals in do not raise epistemological or existential questions; they are deranged treatments of metaphysics.’
      • ‘The city archaeologist deals in fact, not folklore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘McCall Smith deals in the comedy of character, rather than in farce.’
      • ‘He would not learn here that the law deals in objective truth, that it is concerned with fact.’
      • ‘The NDP's Lisa Hutton is looking to participate in a government which deals in respect for individuals and in positive changes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He deals in good old-fashioned American tales of heroism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It chiefly concerns one Alex-Li Tandem, who deals in fame, obtaining, verifying and selling autographs.’
      • ‘His local education authority deals in euphemisms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This software company deals in ‘legacy development’, which means that it helps companies to migrate from old computer systems and databases to newer ones.’
      • ‘This author deals in short-breathed paragraphs that are convincing enough in their own right but never combine into something bigger and better.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It deals in postmodern layers of textuality and reality, and as far as I can tell, leaves many of these issues open.’
      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.
      [with object] ‘Frankie started dealing cocaine’
      • ‘My parents have come to the conclusion that Rich deals and sells drugs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had never dealt drugs, manufactured drugs, trafficked drugs or anything.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under cross-examination you admitted that you dealt cocaine and had been using it.’
      • ‘During questioning, both agents admitted to the offence and told officers they'd been dealing in the illegal drugs for a long time.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the jury was told, the two men dealt heroin to dozens of people across the city.’
      • ‘People caught dealing marijuana, or using or dealing most other drugs still face stiff criminal penalties.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Every once in a while a coach must deal with issues concerning respect.’
    • ‘There is little doubt then that the increasingly active campesinos and Zapatistas will not see their concerns dealt with any time soon.’
    • ‘Bringing things closer into sight is the first step in dealing with potential threats.’
    • ‘He said the council had failed to deal properly with his complaint about the Inspection and Registration Unit.’
    • ‘The whole sad story indicates how badly the police force has dealt with the concerns of women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He lambasted the HSE for failing to deal adequately with the matter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trans-local and trans-national terrorists should be dealt with through collaborative security measures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have never had to deal directly with a terror incident or suspect.’
    • ‘Happily, in many respects, his concerns have been dealt with.’
    • ‘We can't deal on an ad hoc basis with every individual who expresses a point of view.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trained volunteers will deal with residents' concerns, passing them on to the relevant authority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A detective is dealing with both complaints and has personally spoken with the complainants.’
    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 (a difficult person or situation)
      ‘you'll have to find a way of dealing with those feelings’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most chief executives never have to deal with the aftermath of death and mayhem.’
      • ‘Of course, our hospitals will continue to deal with emergency cases and treat infectious diseases, whoever is involved.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Any wonder he has issues dealing with enlightenment concepts like ‘evidence’ and ‘reasoning’?’
      • ‘Toop did not have a particularly helpful start to his life and had some difficulty in dealing with confrontational situations, Mr Warren told magistrates.’
      • ‘CBT teaches coping skills for dealing with or avoiding situations involving high risk for relapse.’
      • ‘But he had a difficult situation to deal with, and there was no perfect resolution.’
      • ‘The politic way to deal with this is treat it like something you could maybe help with.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the moon in Uranus, you'll find emotional situations difficult to deal with.’
      • ‘But he said police now went for further tactical training on how to handle firearms, on defence and dealing with dangerous situations.’
      • ‘You are confident, gracious and just when dealing with difficult people and situations in the family.’
      • ‘London began digging out on Friday, dealing with the aftermath of the attacks.’
      • ‘This gossip can complicate a breakup situation even more, and dealing with constant whispers and apparent ‘truths’ is usually difficult.’
      • ‘Officers should also be trained to deal with such situations so they don't continue to handle them in this manner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bullies may also turn to this abusive behavior as a way of dealing with a difficult situation at home, such as a divorce.’
      • ‘This is not to say the court system couldn't cope with some reform to deal with new situations.’
      • ‘This only reinforces his fear and will make it more difficult for him to deal with other new situations.’
    2. 3.2[with adverbial] Treat (someone) in a particular way.
      ‘life had dealt harshly with her’
      • ‘Anyone involved in trafficking drugs will be dealt with harshly, and that's the outcome.’
      • ‘Spammers are jeopardizing what is probably the most significant communication tool in history, and they deserve to be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘If you do not cooperate, you will be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘Those who share the secret knowledge with the uninitiated are dealt with quickly and harshly, people like Lovecraft.’
      • ‘At times I felt we were harshly dealt with but I'm not putting that down as an excuse.’
      • ‘Adults who opposed Mussolini were dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘Originally only those physically incapable were deemed worthy of charity and able-bodied beggars were dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘If we can find the culprit and he admits this gross error, then he will be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘‘The players have been harshly dealt with by the media,’ he says.’
      • ‘Police sources have been quoted as saying the protesters will be dealt with harshly.’
      • ‘It is feared protestors will be dealt with harshly by police and troops.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, as every child knows, they have plenty of rights to prevent them from being dealt with too severely.’
      • ‘Most people can sense when they have been dealt with unfairly by their employer.’
      • ‘If Bennett had his way, those who did not hold his views would be dealt with very harshly indeed.’
      • ‘Those who believe Baxter has been harshly dealt with point to two factors.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The authorities had forced students to do household chores and those who resisted were cruelly dealt with, Mr. Augustine said.’
      • ‘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.’
      treat, handle, serve, use
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    3. 3.3 Have relations with (a person or organization), especially in a commercial context.
      ‘the bank deals directly with the private sector’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Although the company deals mainly with the commercial sector, they will also supply green electricity to residential clients.’
      • ‘I have dealt with health practitioners from the legal point of view, and I have dealt with hospitals in relation to the Privacy Act.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A public relations company dealing with the Plaza declined to confirm whether the rumours were true.’
    4. 3.4 Take or have as a subject; discuss.
      ‘the novel deals with several different topics’
      • ‘This book, by a scholar of literature, deals with a subject previously treated by historians.’
      • ‘The next section deals with the surgical situations where facial nerve is at risk.’
      • ‘A short chapter deals all too briefly with the history of women's involvement in war.’
      • ‘Yeah, this book deals primarily with the boys' relationship with Diana.’
      • ‘Contemporary books dealing adequately with problems associated with Christian suffering are few and far between.’
      • ‘The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed a proliferation of novels dealing with the subject of music.’
      • ‘Three articles deal with different aspects of Yiddish theater.’
      • ‘There were an impressive collection of articles dealing with fascinating incidents.’
      • ‘The subcommittee's report deals in detail with the need to train more orthodontists to work in the public sector.’
      • ‘Today, however, virtually all philosophers agree that science deals exclusively with matters of contingent fact.’
      • ‘The meeting dealt with matters concerning the Special Olympics and the visitors from Chad who will be visiting Swinford prior to the games.’
      • ‘Bloggers already dealt this year with so-called disenfranchised men whining that they need their own TV network.’
      • ‘The 180-page report deals in detail with all Irish and European law governing the labelling of food.’
      • ‘The first two chapters deal exclusively with economic theory.’
      • ‘Each of the members present dealt at length on the projects they were involved in.’
      • ‘The story is lighthearted, romantic and fluffy while at the same time it deals with how one woman copes with a very difficult situation.’
      • ‘Does your Honour wish me to deal in detail with the special leave questions?’
      • ‘There is not space here to deal in detail with all the relevant issues.’
      • ‘It is a molecular study, but discusses and deals with morphological information in a reasonable way.’
  • 4[with two objects] Inflict (a blow) on (someone or something)

    ‘hopes of an economic recovery were dealt another blow’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is quite obviously just another form of harassment dealt by the state.’
    • ‘Odolorosa gioia (O dolorous joy) is emblematic of the composer's almost self-flagellating delight in the pain dealt by a cruel lover.’
    • ‘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 recent bus fare hike has dealt yet another blow to the travelling public.’
    • ‘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 revival was halted when they were dealt another two-pronged setback.’
    • ‘Another of South Africa's up-and-coming African players was dealt a rather unlucky blow this week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘King Abdullah of Jordan dealt a rebuff to President Bush on Monday, abruptly putting off his visit to Washington scheduled for later this week.’
    • ‘They reportedly heard their mother arguing with the perpetrator and attempted to intervene, when he dealt several chops to the sisters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Stainforth is just one of the communities that will be dealt a body blow if Hatfield colliery shuts.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 band signed a major recording deal’
    • ‘It was the deal the parties had mutually agreed to enter into when they first agreed to cohabit.’
    • ‘This is due to the government's incorrigible tendency to downplay the costs and exaggerate the benefits of the deal.’
    • ‘A little-known singer-songwriter has secured a multi-million pound record deal and television advertising contract.’
    • ‘It was difficult ‘for people from the traditional and conservative professions to understand how these business deals are made’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The best that was on the market, Luis Castillo, signed a three-year lucrative deal with the Marlins yesterday.’
    • ‘Successive attempts to broker a peace deal have failed.’
    • ‘This is a lousy week for mundane affairs, like balancing your chequebook, looking for a job or negotiating a business deal.’
    • ‘Congratulations are also in order for the other parties in the deal: the governments of British Columbia and Canada.’
    • ‘She has expressed concern at the government's multibillion-rand arms deals in the face of growing poverty.’
    • ‘Venturi has another year left on his contract, but McCarthy's deal expires in March.’
    • ‘But he got caught up in some shady real estate deals involving car lots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Financial matters and business deals are arranged according to your directions.’
    • ‘The pipeline is more than just a business deal, it's also highly political, because it's about access to oil.’
    • ‘I like what I do and I've been involved in a number of deals, negotiations and business transactions which have proved satisfying.’
    • ‘Bolton's Business Network International is currently enjoying a boom, successfully negotiating deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.’
    • ‘It's been reported that you're pursuing book deals, commercial sponsorship deals…’
    • ‘The time is favourable for businessmen to enter into new deals.’
    • ‘The fair, he said, generally ‘is the key to our business,’ producing deals that account for half of his company's sales.’
    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 An attractive price on a commodity for a purchaser; a bargain.
      ‘we've got great deals on the latest camcorders’
      • ‘Tickets were being offered on a two-for-the-price-of-one deal.’
      • ‘Ignore the adverts on the telly and find the best deal available for you.’
      • ‘Consumers, on the face of it, will be offered an attractive deal.’
      • ‘Looking for a bargain deal for your used camera or the piece of furniture which is too big for your new house?’
      • ‘Indeed their prices now seem quite expensive, when compared to other deals available.’
      • ‘He'd lost only two men to their fourteen, and he decided it was a hell of a deal considering the price those wagons had been carrying.’
      • ‘Finding a special laptop deal or price is within every shopper's reach.’
      • ‘To make the deal even more attractive, the fuel could be offered at reduced prices.’
      • ‘The deal is attractive for the housing association, which has not been named, as it will give a guaranteed level of income for a considerable period of time.’
      • ‘I don't usually quote prices but at $24.95 it's a deal.’
      • ‘Finally, we should face the fact that health insurance is not an attractive deal for many young, healthy people.’
      • ‘It seems the Abbey boss spoke to a couple of the more likely contenders but couldn't get any to put forward a deal even remotely as attractive.’
      • ‘Whether you like to spend your holidays in the snow, sand or seaside, you can find the best hotel deals in the most popular destinations of the world.’
      • ‘SIR - It would seem to me that Bradford Council have done a discount deal on a bulk purchase of traffic lights.’
      • ‘Many of the larger chains offer a deal if you purchase a large popcorn and a large drink together.’
      • ‘I regularly switch gas and electricity providers, depending on best deals available.’
      • ‘There are some important factors to consider if you want to get the best deal or price on your next computer.’
      • ‘But it's not just the big bargains I love, I get just as much of a high from a two-for-the-price-of-one deal at Iceland.’
      • ‘If you have a tough decision on whom to keep among two or three guys, maybe you can pull a two-for-one deal and net a little better option.’
      • ‘The fact that I already have a mortgage, and indeed was quite capable of finding an attractive deal for myself, seemed to matter little.’
    2. 1.2[with adjective] A particular form of treatment given or received.
      ‘working mothers get a raw deal’
      • ‘So it's a bad deal all around when the rights to associate are snuffed out or aren't granted in these countries.’
      • ‘If the offender thinks that he is getting a bad deal, he can always get redress in the courts.’
      • ‘The mark guarantees workers such as tea pluckers in Sri Lanka and banana farmers in the Windward Islands receive a reasonable deal.’
      • ‘We were simply a resolute group of people determined to make the very best of a very bad deal.’
      • ‘Compared to members of other unitary authorities, Swindon councillors get a bad deal.’
      • ‘A Conservative government with its ridiculous position of re-negotiating agreed treaties will only result in a bad deal for Britain.’
      • ‘The councillor, like his Labour predecessor, points out that this city gets a bad deal from Whitehall.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘In the meantime Esco workers will be stuck with a bad deal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And that means that any increase in taxes or cuts in benefits would lead to an already bad deal becoming much worse.’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, Jantzie says the situation appears to be a bad deal for the teachers.’
      • ‘Women have a particularly bad deal in the cancer stakes, according to Greaves.’
      • ‘Ask those closest to the action if Scottish players get a better deal from the current boss.’
      • ‘Jayamma felt she had a bad deal, but she didn't see any way of changing it.’
      • ‘Republicans often argue that Social Security is a bad deal for African-Americans.’
  • 2A significant but unspecified amount of something.

    ‘he lost a great deal of blood’
    • ‘A great deal of the joy of gardening, for me, lies in the creative challenge.’
    • ‘A great deal of chemical information is contained in the Periodic Table.’
    • ‘A great deal of the toys their children own were bought on sale or by relatives.’
    • ‘A great deal of correspondence and over four years of effort was needed to complete the stories.’
    • ‘A great deal of hazing went on between older and younger students, the older ones giving and the younger ones taking.’
    • ‘A great deal of energy, hate, sorrow revolved around my focus on him, who was the most important person in my life at the time.’
    • ‘A great deal of the money that we spend in public schools goes into staff salaries and benefits.’
    • ‘A great deal of time and effort has gone into making it easier for people to live a more normal life during their treatment.’
    • ‘A great deal of energy is embodied in building materials, such as cement, steel and bricks.’
    • ‘A great deal of what Morelly had to say had already been said by Thomas More.’
    • ‘A great deal of commotion broke out as people jumped out of their seats and scrambled to get over to their friends.’
    • ‘A great deal of trial and error takes place as a young child learns a language.’
    • ‘A great deal of the skill that managers had was learned in the military.’
    • ‘A great deal of distance had to be placed between himself and that watery room.’
    • ‘A great deal of this knowledge you have acquired by observation and study but a lot must be inherent good taste.’
    • ‘A great deal of time and attention has been put toward terrestrial conservation issues in the past few decades.’
    • ‘A great deal of prejudice and stereotyping is involved in their understanding.’
    • ‘A great deal of our time was spent in speculating if the atmosphere on her planet was just thinner than ours.’
    • ‘A great deal of the pleasure in the film is in this sense of being tickled with sight and sound in unexpected ways.’
    • ‘A great deal of the cacao consumed in eighteenth century Europe came from Caracas.’
  • 3[in singular] The process of distributing the cards to players in a card game.

    • ‘Occasionally it happens that a red three is turned up at the end of the deal as a start card for the discard pile.’
    • ‘During the deal, six cards are to be placed face down in the centre of the table to form a kitty.’
    • ‘The 11 th card in the deal is turned face up, and placed on top of the trump/rank pile.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘In the old days, maybe a few hundred dollars rode on the last deal of a card in five stud or five draw.’
    • ‘The four cards that are left over at the end of the deal are set aside until the end of the hand.’
    • ‘After the deal but before the players pick up their cards, the top card of each hand is turned up.’
    • ‘The first deal and the bidding are as in the six-player game, and the high bidder names trump.’
    • ‘After the deal there is an auction in which players bid the number of points their team will try to win.’
    • ‘No more cards will be drawn from the stock until the next deal.’
    1. 3.1 A player's turn to distribute cards.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If both players pass, the bones are thrown in and the deal passes to the next player.’
      • ‘After each hand, the deal passes to next player to the left of the previous dealer who is still in.’
      • ‘It's your deal now," said one of the men, under his breath, "and see that this time you deal from the top."’
      • ‘In baccarat the deal goes counterclockwise around the table from player to player.’
    2. 3.2 The round of play following this.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This can be done at any time during the deal by an active player who has a card matching their score.’
      • ‘If you draw a card of the trump rank during the deal, you are not obliged to expose it immediately or at all.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 3.3 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’
      • ‘Failing to cover such an important community event would not be a big deal if a local radio station was on air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It reminded me of when I left Scotland, which is a big deal for a Scot.’
      • ‘So it's not as big a deal among the players as what some people might think.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Flying was not a big deal for me until an incident a couple of years ago.’
      • ‘There was an air of acceptance that this is just how some people are and that, really, it's just not a big deal.’
      • ‘It was a big deal to players in my era because we only ever got paid £8 a week!’
      • ‘The impact tilted it about four inches, not such a big deal to fix.’
      • ‘As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.’
      • ‘A few years ago you had Gogh Van Go, everybody made a big deal about them - where the hell are they now?’
      • ‘Perhaps it shouldn't matter, except that the IPCC made such a big deal of the results at the time.’
      • ‘We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a bit of a waste, given that Merkin makes such a big deal over the fact that Munro rarely gives interviews.’
      • ‘Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but after that incident I felt physically ill.’
      • ‘She finds driving around in places she isn't familiar with pretty stressful, so it is kind of a big deal!’
      • ‘In those days cataracts were a big deal - she had surgery, and had to keep her head still for three days.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1An important person.
        ‘Sam Kinison became a big deal’
        • ‘Bowie and friends became a big deal, and Mick Rock along with them.’
        • ‘I think I finally get why everyone thinks he's such a big deal.’
        • ‘But the wheel has turned full circle, and Dillon is once again a big deal.’
        • ‘Lately, she's become a big deal in the growing alternative movement.’
      2. 1.2Used to express one's contempt for something regarded as impressive or important by another person.
        • ‘If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.’
        • ‘OK, so big deal you say, but honestly, a few years ago you had to go out of town for this stuff.’
        • ‘But big deal, it's a matter of time before a company like that one goes more commercial.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘He didn't turn into anything except human, whoo hoo big deal!’
        • ‘But even if she was looking up something slightly more unsavoury, again, big deal.’
  • a good (or great) deal

    • 1A large amount.

      ‘I don't know a great deal about politics’
      • ‘There was genuine appreciation for what is happening here and we now have a great deal to shout about.’
      • ‘We want to teach patients they have a role too - they can do a great deal to make themselves safe.’
      • ‘Her outward appearance was no more than a child of sixteen, but she was, in reality, a good deal over five hundred.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over the years, through a fair number of house deals, I've got to know a good deal about the process.’
      • ‘It is a very significant cost, and represents a good deal more than the software alone.’
      • ‘We owe our elderly residents a great deal for seeing us through the war years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most biospheric carbon is already in the oceans anyway, and they can take a good deal more.’
      • ‘It says a great deal about a record when its most interesting aspect is the cover art.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, indubitably, is a fellow with a great deal to prove to a great many people.’
      • ‘There is a great deal at stake for American higher education and academic freedom.’
      • ‘We have achieved a great deal in the past two years, but we are not complacent.’
      • ‘While some things have become clearer, a great deal else has become far more confusing.’
      • ‘I think in the aspect of being a person who has a great deal to overcome and a great amount of love to give.’
      • ‘He could talk the ears off a donkey, and he has a great deal to say.’
      • ‘The defeat owes a great deal to the Labour loyalties of the leader.’
      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 gotten to know him a good deal better’
        • ‘In that time, I have become a good deal less sure of myself, a good deal more humble.’
        • ‘The experience depressed and scared him a great deal so it wouldn't really surprise me.’
        • ‘I think this new funding will help a great deal with mental health across Scotland.’
        • ‘Frequent audits of teachers have rendered them a great deal more serious about what they do.’
        • ‘The autism appeal may have achieved a great deal, but there is still a great deal more that needs to be done.’
        • ‘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.’
  • cut a deal

    • informal Come to an arrangement, especially in business; make a deal.

      • ‘It's a really blatant case of government cutting a deal for big business against the public interest.’
      • ‘And the father pleads guilty to a long sentence, purportedly to help his son, but without actually cutting a deal with prosecutors to help his son, for reasons that are obscure.’
      • ‘They fight over their share of the surplus rather than cutting a deal, precisely because they have future bargains in mind (with other parties too).’
      • ‘Doing this requires either cutting a deal with one of the floating parties, or gobbling the center.’
      • ‘They parted company earlier this year without cutting a deal.’
      • ‘However, my blogger training permitted me to notice that the U.S. was cutting a deal on generic medicines in advance of the Cancun trade talks.’
      • ‘While I think the logic of ‘pay-as-you-go’ is deeply flawed and I do not embrace it, what's wrong with cutting a deal that ‘pays’ for tax cuts with more spending cuts?’
      • ‘Negotiations get serious, and the infant US is faced with the choice of either cutting a deal or fighting on alone.’
      • ‘By trying to lock in too many controls before cutting a deal, techies argue, Hollywood is alienating customers and slowing the growth of a huge new digital audience.’
      • ‘So what if it means cutting a deal with the same drug dealers, pimps, bookies and murderers you busted earlier in the week?’
    • informal Make an agreement.

      ‘he had gone to the board of directors with his new robot design and cut a deal’
      • ‘Dialogue with both countries to cut a deal will commence in secret (although what this will accomplish is still unknown).’
      • ‘All sides are trying to cut a deal.’
      • ‘A lot of the time the lawyers have to cut a deal because their evidence isn't good enough or can't be admitted for some seemingly spurious legal reason.’
      • ‘Two sides have cut a deal to attack and destroy the third.’
      • ‘Rock band U2 has cut a deal with Apple Computer to sell custom iPods promoting the band's forthcoming album.’
  • it's a deal

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

      • ‘If it means we don't have to go out with you, love, it's a deal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Fine, it's a deal, Miss Heartslain,’ Baldwin said before offering a handshake.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Okay, if you can come up with another 200,000 units and make delivery by August 1, it's a deal.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘And Gorbachev said, it's a deal, or however he would say that in Russian.’
      • ‘If you stay with me for the rest of this evening, it's a deal.’
      • ‘If you can include some of the irrelevant information, too, then it's a deal.’
  • no big deal

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

      ‘We had a casual conversation about it. No big deal.’
      • ‘There is no big deal made of her Hispanic heritage, which is the way it should be.’
      • ‘That's fine for data, where a few milliseconds of lag time on a transcontinental journey is 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.’
      • ‘If I don't get a soundcheck, it's no big deal.’
      • ‘A business budget is no big deal, or need not be.’
      • ‘There's a few problems with the finer details, some really minor compression artifacts and motion blur but 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 telephone is no big deal today, but 60 or 70 years ago learning telephone safety etiquette was a big deal.’
      • ‘In pop music people have done over-dubbing for years, that's no big deal.’
  • 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’
      • ‘Here's the deal: organizations are keeping their finances in order and students can hold them to it by paying attention.’
      • ‘So what's the deal with you and Eric?’
      • ‘If we want fresh juices, we must understand the first rule of juicing: cleaning the juicer is an unavoidable part of the deal.’
      • ‘What's the deal with your parents? Are they married or divorced?’
      • ‘Okay folks here is 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.’
      • ‘What's the deal with Austin then, sounds pretty mad?’
      • ‘Here's the deal with the show.’
      • ‘Everyone else on tour knew the deal with Michael except Jessica.’
      • ‘Just what is the deal with those recurring headaches, or Maria's sketchy past?’
  • 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’
      • ‘Only rarely do you ever really stumble across a movie or get involved in a movie that's the real deal.’
      • ‘The general consensus from those who trained with him is that he was indeed the real deal.’
      • ‘And according to Jon Newey, editor of Jazzwise, the UK's leading jazz magazine, she's the real deal.’
      • ‘To these traveling enthusiasts and collectors, Western art is the real deal, and the cowboy is their hero.’
      • ‘This bloke from Dublin is 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The biggest burden for a young band like the Vines is the curse of comparison, but the band are the real deal.’
      • ‘She's the real deal; you don't spend time with Robbie without falling in love with her.’
      • ‘If their PR is to be believed, they are the real deal in rock.’
      • ‘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 and deal; the sense participate gave rise to have dealings with hence deal and deal.

Pronunciation

deal

/dēl/

Main definitions of deal in English

: deal1deal2

deal2

noun

  • 1Fir or pine wood, especially when sawn into planks of a standard size.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This has red deal timber flooring, wainscoting to dado level, a baluster railing and plaster cornicing.’
    1. 1.1 A plank of fir or pine sawn into a standard size.
      • ‘Early in 1852, the price of New Brunswick spruce deals had to be reduced because of the competition from cheap Norwegian white deals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

/dēl/