- 1.1The two on dice or playing cards: a doctored die having two deucesMore example sentences
- The deuce of each suit is called the sow (die Sau).
- The dealer gave her a deuce and she jumped from fifth place to second place and earned $22,000 in doing so.
- Let's say everybody is dealt a bunch of small cards and the dealer has a deuce up.
- 1.2A throw of two at dice.More example sentences
- My double-down blackjack bets drew deuces, the ball avoided my numbers in roulette like it owed them money, and if a player needed a card to beat me, then by God, that card was gonna come.
- If he should now throw 2 deuces for a total of 5, the player then throws all five dice for the third throw.
- 1.3 • informal , • dated A two-dollar bill: a deuce for the hat-check girlMore example sentences
- Sure enough, I handed over a twenty and said "two please", back came three fresh Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond deuces.
- The Legal Tender deuces have always held a special attraction to collectors.
- 2 Tennis The score of 40 all in a game, at which each player needs two consecutive points to win the game: the Swede pegged him back to deuce from 40-love a marathon game that went to eleven deucesMore example sentences
- Federer was in the sort of form which took him to the Wimbledon title this year, with Blake staving off an amazing 19 out of 20 break-point opportunities, and surviving 10 deuces in one service game.
- They had a match point in the semi-final against the Cantrells, but Burdett served a double fault on the sudden-death second deuce in which this point is decisive under the rules of the competition designed to prevent drawn-out matches.
- I believe that happens during a deuce when the server has just won a point, and if he or she wins the next point the game is theirs.
late 15th century: from Old French deus 'two', from Latin duos.
noun(the deuce) • informal
- Used as a euphemism for ‘devil’ in expressions of annoyance, impatience, surprise, etc.: how the deuce are we to make a profit? what the deuce are you trying to do?More example sentences
- In 49th Parallel, who knows what the deuce he is doing, other than turning in what I believe to be the only bad performance in any Powell and Pressburger film.
- Well, what the deuce are you waiting for, old boy?
- I'm back and now you can ask me: What the deuce is Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, anyway?
a (or the) deuce of a ——
- Used to emphasize how bad, difficult, or serious something is.More example sentences
- If Hitler's army had been composed of Movie Nazis, it would have been, to quote any of the cocky, effete soldiers David Niven played in the 60s, a damned deuce of a thing, eh?
- Ken Allen & Les Hair are in the artillery & they have a pretty rough spin occasionally & get in a deuce of a state especially when they are up with the guns.
- I forgot to tell you I think that for about 4 days from the 19th onward we had a deuce of a heat wave.
like the deuce
- Very fast: you go up the ladder like the deuceMore example sentences
- The air was thick with tear gas, which makes one's eyes water like the deuce.
- I only discovered it by accident, and I have been driving like the deuce to overtake you.
- All day and every day since the stunt we have been shelling and shelled like the deuce.
the deuce to pay
- Trouble to be expected.More example sentences
- I think it most probable - though of course it's only an opinion - that you'll all have the deuce to pay before you get that malaria out of your systems.
- We took down the swing, we dismembered the rope bed, we tore down the clothes line (there was the deuce to pay for that), and joined them all together in one loose whole.
- My boy, there is always the deuce to pay.
mid 17th century: from Low German duus, probably of the same origin as deuce1 (two aces at dice being the worst throw).