March 22, 2012 - Word of the Day: deal
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.)
- They had a deal to acquire some new players for their team, 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:
- 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)
- He was caught dealing drugs. (deal = sell illegal drugs)
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