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dealing

[dee-ling] /ˈdi lɪŋ/
noun
1.
Usually, dealings. relations; business:
frequent dealings; commercial dealings.
2.
conduct in relations to others; treatment:
honest dealing.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English deling. See deal1, -ing1
Related forms
predealing, noun
underdealing, noun

deal1

[deel] /dil/
verb (used without object), dealt, dealing.
1.
to occupy oneself or itself (usually followed by with or in):
Botany deals with the study of plants. He deals in generalities.
2.
to take action with respect to a thing or person (followed by with):
Law courts must deal with lawbreakers.
3.
to conduct oneself toward persons:
He deals fairly.
4.
to be able to handle competently or successfully; cope (followed by with):
I can't deal with your personal problems.
5.
to trade or do business (followed by with or in):
to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars.
6.
to distribute, especially the cards in a game (often followed by out):
to deal out five hands of six cards each; your turn to deal.
7.
Slang. to buy and sell drugs illegally.
8.
Archaic. to have dealings or commerce, often in a secret or underhand manner (often followed by with):
to deal with the Devil.
verb (used with object), dealt, dealing.
9.
to give to one as a share; apportion:
Deal me in.
10.
to distribute among a number of recipients, as the cards required in a game:
Deal five cards to each player.
11.
Cards. to give a player (a specific card) in dealing:
You dealt yourself four aces.
12.
to deliver; administer:
to deal a blow.
13.
Slang. to buy and sell (drugs) illegally.
14.
Slang. to trade (an athlete) to another team.
noun
15.
a business transaction:
They closed the deal after a week of negotiating.
16.
a bargain or arrangement for mutual advantage:
the best deal in town.
17.
a secret or underhand agreement or bargain:
His supporters worked a number of deals to help his campaign.
18.
Informal. treatment received in dealing with another:
He got a raw deal.
19.
an indefinite but large quantity, amount, extent, or degree (usually preceded by good or great):
a good deal of work; a great deal of money.
20.
Cards.
  1. the distribution of cards to the players in a game.
  2. the set of cards in one's hand.
  3. the turn of a player to deal.
  4. the period of time during which a deal is played.
21.
an act of dealing or distributing.
22.
(initial capital letter) an economic and social policy pursued by a political administration:
the Fair Deal; the New Deal.
23.
Obsolete. portion; share.
Verb phrases
24.
deal off,
  1. Poker. to deal the final hand of a game.
  2. Slang. to get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
Idioms
25.
cut a deal, Informal. to make an agreement, especially a business agreement:
Networks have cut a deal with foreign stations for an international hookup.
26.
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
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 and 23) Middle English deel, del(e), Old English dǣl
Synonyms
3. act, behave. 5. traffic. 10. allot, assign, dole; mete, dispense. 16. pact, contract.
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Examples for dealing
  • Fame only made dealing with her mental illness that much more stressful and put her under more pressure.
  • To maintain a democracy of effort requires a vast amount of patience in dealing with differing methods, a vast amount of humility.
  • It is as individual as is the author's mode of dealing with the material he gathered from his wide field.
  • But, before dealing with such literary material as survives, a word may be said as to the submerged section of popular poetry.
  • Society, in dealing with the feminine spirit, has its choice of clearly defined alternatives.
  • Then discuss what they think are the best strategies for dealing with piracy today.
  • But once they were dealing with the eggs, they didn't come so close.
  • At the rear of the brain are the occipital lobes, dealing with vision.
  • Another challenge was dealing with wandering jaguars.
  • When they finally got around to dealing with it, it was too late.
British Dictionary definitions for dealing

deal1

/diːl/
verb deals, dealing, dealt (dɛlt)
1.
(intransitive) foll by in. to engage (in) commercially to deal in upholstery
2.
(often foll by out) to apportion (something, such as cards) to a number of people; distribute
3.
(transitive) to give (a blow) to (someone); inflict
4.
(intransitive) (slang) to sell any illegal drug
noun
5.
(informal) a bargain, transaction, or agreement
6.
a particular type of treatment received, esp as the result of an agreement a fair deal
7.
an indefinite amount, extent, or degree (esp in the phrases good or great deal)
8.
(cards)
  1. the process of distributing the cards
  2. a player's turn to do this
  3. a single round in a card game
9.
See big deal
10.
(informal, mainly US) cut a deal, to come to an arrangement; make a deal See also deal with
11.
(informal) the real deal, a person or thing seen as being authentic and not inferior in any way
Word Origin
Old English dǣlan, from dǣl a part; compare Old High German teil a part, Old Norse deild a share

deal2

/diːl/
noun
1.
a plank of softwood timber, such as fir or pine, or such planks collectively
2.
the sawn wood of various coniferous trees, such as that from the Scots pine (red deal) or from the Norway Spruce (white deal)
adjective
3.
of fir or pine
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German dele plank; see thill

Deal

/diːl/
noun
1.
a town in SE England, in Kent, on the English Channel: two 16th-century castles: tourism, light industries. Pop: 96 670 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for dealing
deal
from O.E. dæl "part, share, quantity," and its verbal derivative dælan "to divide," from P.Gmc. *dailaz; also found in Balto-Slavic (cf. O.C.S. delu "part," Lith. dalis). Meaning "to distribute cards before a game" is from 1520s; business sense 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." To deal with "handle" is attested from mid-15c. Deal breaker is attested by 1975.
deal
"plank or board of pine," c.1400, from Low Ger. (cf. M.L.G. dele), from P.Gmc. *theljon. An O.E. derivative was þelu "hewn wood, board, flooring."
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Slang definitions & phrases for dealing

dealing

Related Terms

double-dealing


deal

noun
  1. A usually secret arrangement between politicians, rulers, business executives, etc: He made a deal with the Republicans to suppress the charges (1860s+)
  2. Situation; thing in hand or at issue; affair: Hey, what's the deal here? My car's gone/ The deal is that I'm tired of this sorry farce (1940+ Students)
verb
  1. To make arrangements, tradeoffs, sales, etc; wheel and deal: Sophie did all the dealing there (1500s+)
  2. To sell narcotics; be a peddler (1920s+ Narcotics)
  3. To pitch a baseball •In the game of hurling, deal, ''throw the ball,'' is attested by 1602: The big lefthander deals a smoker (1970s+ Baseball)
Related Terms

big deal, good deal, make a big production, no big deal, not make deals, raw deal, sweetheart deal


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Encyclopedia Article for dealing

Deal

town, Dover district, administrative and historic county of Kent, England, on the English Channel. The town has a natural roadstead harbour, the Downs, enclosed by the North and South Forelands and the perilous Goodwin Sands.

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