verb (past and past participle dealt /dɛlt/)
- 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 dealtMore example sentences
- In this casino banking game three cards are dealt to each player and two face down to the dealer.
- The cards will be dealt by the player on declarer's left, and cut by the player opposite to declarer.
- Next, a third hole card is dealt to each player, followed by another round of betting.
- 1.1 (deal someone in) Include a new player in a card game by giving them cards.More example sentences
- 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.
- We would have dealt them in a different time, I think.
- 1.2Distribute or mete out (something) to a person or group: the punishments dealt out to the rioters were hideousMore example sentences
- Children were pulled out of their seats by their hair and beatings with the leather belt were dealt out to all.
- 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 sharesMore example sentences
- Companies dealing in commodities, for instance, still find quality and price the foremost factors in attracting customers.
- Since their arrival in Europe, Roma have been self-employed artisans, entertainers, and middle men dealing in various commodities.
- The bank hopes that it will attract potential customers like wholesalers and retailers dealing in commodity trading, white goods and automobiles.
- 2.1Be concerned with: journalism that deals in small-town chit-chatMore example sentences
- It chiefly concerns one Alex-Li Tandem, who deals in fame, obtaining, verifying and selling autographs.
- He would not learn here that the law deals in objective truth, that it is concerned with fact.
- 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.
- 2.2 • informal Buy and sell illegal drugs: you are suspected of dealing in drugs [with object]: many of the men are dealing drugsMore example sentences
- During questioning, both agents admitted to the offence and told officers they'd been dealing in the illegal drugs for a long time.
- People caught dealing marijuana, or using or dealing most other drugs still face stiff criminal penalties.
- My parents have come to the conclusion that Rich deals and sells drugs.
- 3 [no object] (deal with) Take measures concerning (someone or something), especially with the intention of putting something right: the government had been unable to deal with the economic crisisMore example sentences
- Every once in a while a coach must deal with issues concerning respect.
- Trained volunteers will deal with residents' concerns, passing them on to the relevant authority.
- 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.
- 3.1Cope with or control (a difficult person or situation): you’ll have to find a way of dealing with those feelingsMore example sentences
- 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?
- You are confident, gracious and just when dealing with difficult people and situations in the family.
- But he had a difficult situation to deal with, and there was no perfect resolution.
- 3.2 [with adverbial] Treat (someone) in a particular way: life had dealt very harshly with herMore example sentences
- 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.’
- ‘The players have been harshly dealt with by the media,’ he says.
- Spammers are jeopardizing what is probably the most significant communication tool in history, and they deserve to be dealt with harshly.
- 3.3Have commercial relations with: the bank deals directly with the private sectorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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?
- 3.4Have as a subject; discuss: the novel deals with several different topicsMore example sentences
- The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed a proliferation of novels dealing with the subject of music.
- It is a molecular study, but discusses and deals with morphological information in a reasonable way.
- The first two chapters deal exclusively with economic theory.
- 4 [with two objects] Inflict (a blow) on (someone or something): hopes of an economic recovery were dealt another blowMore example sentences
- 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.
- Stainforth is just one of the communities that will be dealt a body blow if Hatfield colliery shuts.
- Apparently ‘marriage as we know it’ has been dealt a ‘death blow’.
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- 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 oppositionMore example sentences
- 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.
- Financial matters and business deals are arranged according to your directions.
- I like what I do and I've been involved in a number of deals, negotiations and business transactions which have proved satisfying.
- 1.1 [with adjective] A particular form of treatment given or received: working mothers get a bad dealMore example sentences
- The mark guarantees workers such as tea pluckers in Sri Lanka and banana farmers in the Windward Islands receive a reasonable 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.
- A Conservative government with its ridiculous position of re-negotiating agreed treaties will only result in a bad deal for Britain.
- 2 [in singular] The process of distributing the cards to players in a card game: after the deal, players A and B stay outMore example sentences
- After the deal but before the players pick up their cards, the top card of each hand is turned up.
- The player who received the first card from the deal may be known as eldest hand, or as forehand.
- In the old days, maybe a few hundred dollars rode on the last deal of a card in five stud or five draw.
- 2.1A player’s turn to distribute cards: ‘Time for one more game.’ ‘All right. Whose deal?’More example sentences
- After each hand, the deal passes to next player to the left of the previous dealer who is still in.
- In baccarat the deal goes counterclockwise around the table from player to player.
- If both players pass, the bones are thrown in and the deal passes to the next player.
- 2.2The round of play following a distribution of cards.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.3The set of hands dealt to the players.More example sentences
- 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.
a big deal • informal
- [usually with negative] A thing considered important: they don’t make a big deal out of minor irritationsMore example sentences
- 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.
- As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.
- (big deal) Used 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 thoughtMore example sentences
- If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.
- But even if she was looking up something slightly more unsavoury, again, 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 bloodMore example sentences
- It would certainly cost the banks a deal of nuisance and lost employee hours.
- There was quite a deal of evidence that that amount of money was by no means unusual so far as his situation was concerned.
- 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.
a good (or great) deal
- A large amount: I don’t know a great deal about politicsMore example sentences
- Her outward appearance was no more than a child of sixteen, but she was, in reality, a good deal over five hundred.
- I think in the aspect of being a person who has a great deal to overcome and a great amount of love to give.
- 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.
- To a considerable extent: she had got to know him a good deal betterMore example sentences
- The second reason seems to be a good deal more plausible than the first.
- The autism appeal may have achieved a great deal, but there is still a great deal more that needs to be done.
- This book is a good deal better than most, and a good deal easier to read.
a square deal
- A fair arrangement: the workers feel they are not getting a square dealMore example sentences
- ‘The principles for which we stand are the principles of fair play and a square deal for every man and every woman in the United States.’ - Theodore Roosevelt
- And if you don't believe me, ask Helen Liddell if women get a square deal in Scottish politics.
- Unionist minister Basil Brooke in 1933 admitted that Protestants in the Free State might well get a square deal, but this was because they were a declining minority of no threat to the state.
it's a deal
- • informal Used to express one’s assent to an agreement: ‘It’s a deal,’ he said, smiling with satisfactionMore example sentences
- Okay, if you can come up with another 200,000 units and make delivery by August 1, it's a deal.
- And Gorbachev said, it's a deal, or however he would say that in Russian.
- If it means we don't have to go out with you, love, it's a 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 dealMore example sentences
- Everyone else on tour knew the deal with Michael except Jessica.
- So what's the deal with you and Eric?
- What's the deal with your parents? Are they married or divorced?
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 legendMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- To these traveling enthusiasts and collectors, Western art is the real deal, and the cowboy is their hero.
Old English dǣlan 'divide', 'participate', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deel and German Teil 'part' (noun), also to dole1. The sense 'divide' gave rise to 'distribute', hence sense 1 of the verb, sense 4 of the verb; the sense 'participate' gave rise to 'have dealings with', hence sense 2 of the verb, sense 3 of the verb.
- 1Fir or pine wood as a building material.More example sentences
- 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 [count noun] A plank made of fir or pine wood.More example sentences
- In Britain and America, material was available in timber form, as plank, deals, board, and scantling.
- 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.
Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dele 'plank'.