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When the word "deal" is used as a noun, it refers to an agreement:

  • Joe made a deal with his neighbor to build and share a fence along their property line.
  • The U.S. government created a deal to end the war in Iraq.
  • We made a deal on a house. (We signed a purchase agreement.)
  • The managers of the team had a deal to acquire some new players, but then the deal fell through. (The deal was cancelled.)

You can also use "deal" as a noun when there’s a good price for something:

  • We got a good deal on a car.
  • You can find many good deals on large-screen TVs right now.
  • This restaurant is offering two-for-one entrees. That’s a pretty good deal.

If you use the word "deal" as a verb, it has many different meanings:

simple past past participle
  • When playing poker, you deal five cards to each player. (deal = distribute cards)
  • He’s not dealing with a full deck. (While the words "deal" and "deck" refer to playing cards, the meaning of this expression refers to a person who is kind of crazy.)
  • She’s not dealing very well with the death of her husband. (deal with = cope; manage one’s emotions)
  • Yasmin has to deal with a lof of customers every day. (deal with = work with; help)
  • Okay, deal me in. (This expression is used when a person wants to be included in something.)
  • The hot weather dealt a heavy blow to the farmer’s plans. (deal = provide a situation)
  • Todd was caught dealing drugs. (deal = sell illegal drugs)

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Published on March 22, 2012.