In person, Reagan was a great deal like Obama, in his self-confidence and his equanimity under pressure.
You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin.
In the United States, Jews and Muslims have a great deal in common.
Especially since over the centuries, stories like Les Misérables have a great deal more staying power than stories like The Grey.
We did learn “a great deal about Mitt Romney” through his words—if we chose to listen.
"I'm going to school," replied Peter with a great deal of dignity.
They were a great deal luckier than they would have dared to hope to be.
Well; you must know, Patty, he certainly thought a great deal of you.
But it is going to blow a great deal harder than it does now.
She seemed to take a great deal of interest in criminal cases.
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.