deal1 [dēl]
dealt, dealing [ME delen < OE dǣlan, to divide, share, akin to Ger teilen: see DEAL2]
1. to portion out or distribute
2. to give; administer [to deal someone a blow ]
3. Slang to sell (illegal drugs)
1. to have to do (with); concern oneself or itself [science deals with facts]
2. to act or conduct oneself: followed by with [deal fairly with others]
3. to consider or attend to; handle; cope (with) [to deal with a problem]
4. to do business; trade (with or in) [to deal with the corner grocer, to deal in cutlery]
5. to distribute playing cards to the players
6. Slang to sell illegal drugs
a) the act of distributing playing cards
b) cards dealt
c) a player's turn or right to deal
d) a round of play
2. a business transaction
3. a bargain or agreement, esp. when secret or underhanded
a) Informal a particular kind of behavior or conduct toward another; treatment [a square deal]
b) a particular plan, policy, or administration, usually involving some sort of distribution [the New Deal]
big deal Informal
1. a very important or impressive person or thing
2. an exclamation of mock wonderment, admiration, joy, etc.
☆ make a big deal out of
Informal to attach extreme importance to; make a big fuss about
deal2 [dēl]
[ME del < OE dǣl, a part, share, akin to Goth dails]
an indefinite, but considerable, amount or degree: now usually preceded by good or great [a great deal of trouble]
deal3 [dēl]
[ME & MDu dele < PGmc * thela- < IE base * telo-, flat surface, board > Gr tēlia, baker's board, gambling table]
1. a fir or pine board of any of several sizes
2. fir or pine wood
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