Nearby words

  1. deafmutism,
  2. deafness,
  3. deak,
  4. deakin,
  5. deakin, alfred,
  6. deal in,
  7. deal out,
  8. deal with,
  9. dealate,
  10. dealcoholization

Idioms

    cut a deal, Informal. to make an agreement, especially a business agreement: Networks have cut a deal with foreign stations for an international hookup.
    deal someone in, Slang. to include: He was making a lot of dough in the construction business so I got him to deal me in.

Origin of deal

1
before 900; (v.) Middle English delen, Old English dǣlan (cognate with German teilen), derivative of dǣl part (cognate with German Teil); (noun) in part derivative of the v.; (in defs 19, 23) Middle English deel, del(e), Old English dǣl

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British Dictionary definitions for deal in

Deal

/ (diːl) /

noun

a town in SE England, in Kent, on the English Channel: two 16th-century castles: tourism, light industries. Pop: 96 670 (2003 est)

deal

1
/ (diːl) /

verb deals, dealing or dealt (dɛlt)

noun

Word Origin for deal

Old English dǣlan, from dǣl a part; compare Old High German teil a part, Old Norse deild a share

deal

2
/ (diːl) /

noun

a plank of softwood timber, such as fir or pine, or such planks collectively
the sawn wood of various coniferous trees, such as that from the Scots pine (red deal) or from the Norway Spruce (white deal)

adjective

of fir or pine

Word Origin for deal

C14: from Middle Low German dele plank; see thill

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Word Origin and History for deal in
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Idioms and Phrases with deal in

deal in

1

Also, deal with. Be occupied or concerned with, as in Jim deals in generalities, or This book deals with idioms. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from about 1300.

2

Do business or trade in something, as in They deal in diamonds. [Late 1500s] Also see deal with.

3

deal someone in. Also, deal one a hand. Include someone, give someone a share, as in I hope they'll deal me in on this new enterprise. This usage comes from card games, where to deal has meant “to distribute cards” since the 16th century. [Early 1900s]

deal

In addition to the idioms beginning with deal

  • deal in
  • deal out
  • deal with

also see:

  • big deal
  • close the sale (deal)
  • cut a deal
  • done deal
  • good deal
  • make a federal case (big deal)
  • no deal
  • raw deal
  • square deal
  • sweeten the kitty (deal)
  • wheel and deal
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