But if we can just keep the man focused, we may be able to squeeze a deal out of him yet.
He was a slippery knave, who knew how to deal out promises without taking the first step toward fulfilment.
When you deal out the cards to play, how can you tell who is to rise up winner?
Yet so it is; such is the unequal measure, if I may be allowed the expression, which we deal out to God, and to each other.
Her plan had been to deal out generalities, leaving her own skirts free.
Continue to deal out the cards till the pack is exhausted—playing, transferring, and refilling vacancies.
That womans all for this here religion they say you are going to deal out to the boys.
I will deal out a little pemmican, answered Barwell Dawson, and served each person about five ounces.
Will you deal out to us life or death, you whose fathers were as our fathers?
Now for you, that suffered so much, to deal out the same suffering to another, is that the part of any Christian?
from Old English dæl "part, share, quantity, amount," from Proto-Germanic *dailaz (cf. Old Norse deild, Old Frisian del, Dutch deel, Old High German and German teil, Gothic dails "part, share"), from PIE *dail- "to divide" (cf. Old Church Slavonic delu "part," Lithuanian dalis).
Business sense of "transaction, bargain" is 1837, originally slang. Meaning "an amount" is from 1560s. New Deal is from F.D. Roosevelt speech of July 1932. Big deal is 1928; ironic use first recorded 1951 in "Catcher in the Rye." Deal breaker is attested by 1975.
"plank or board of pine," c.1400, from Low German (cf. Middle Low German dele), from Proto-Germanic *theljon, from PIE root *tel- "ground, floor." An Old English derivative was þelu "hewn wood, board, flooring."
Old English dælan "to divide, distribute, separate, share, bestow, dispense," from the source of deal (n.). Meaning "to distribute cards before a game" is from 1520s. To deal with "handle" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Dealt; dealing.