1. (US) to make a bargain, to conduct business; also as exp. of agreement, see cit. 1985.
|Boss 125: Do you think you’ll deal in again with the Chief and the machine?|
|Put on the Spot 14: He opened a joint that started to deal at three o’clock in the morning, when the suckers’ hang-outs closed.|
|DAUL 57/1: Deal, v. To give one a deal.et al.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 3: deal – expression of approval or agreement. ‘We’re going to Florida for fall break.’ ‘Deal!’.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 188: She was helping her boyfriend deal drugs, then deaklt him away, she’s not some babe in the woods.|
2. (US) to give, to hand over.
|Is Zat So? II i: The Army [was] only dealing him thirty a month.|
|Da Bomb 🌐 8: Deal: To throw an object.|
3. (US black) to cause trouble for, to treat harshly.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 142: The son of a bitch, / He was dealin’ it cold.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 49: Where I come from, the pres is president ’cause he got heart when it comes to dealing.|
|Third Ear n.p.: deal v. 1. to make a situation uncomfortable; e.g. That prof dealt me one on that test (hard test).|
|Motown and Didi 56: ‘I’ll deal with your butt when the time is right. [...] When the time comes, I’m dealing and I’m dealing hard!’.|
|Somewhere in the Darkness 148: ‘I’ll deal with you, Rydell.’ Crab’s voice raised in anger. ‘I’ll deal with you!’.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 5: get dealt with – be handled or resolved in a negative way: ‘If she looks at me like that again, she is going to get dealt with.’.|
4. to sell drugs, esp. marijuana.
|Let No Man Write My Epitaph 122: I don’t know if they’re dealing now.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 5: Yeah, man, this is smooth, but we gotta do some better dealing; this five-cent bag ain’t enough. Like man, we is strung out.|
|Choirboys (1976) 200: I’ll tell you where you can bring down a guy that deals in ounces.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 181: I dealin’ weed, pills, some coke.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 227: He was probably dealing shit in the men’s room.|
|Indep. 10 Jan. 6: I started dealing to support my habit.|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] He deals, everyone knows him. It’s safe.|
|see sense 1.|
5. (US black) to manage a situation or circumstance.
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 260: ‘Tired enough to fight your ass to the ground,’ I replied. ‘Okay, man, let’s go to the back of the paint room and we deal.’.|
|Third Ear n.p.: deal v. […] 2. to take care of a situation through action or discussion.|
|Central Sl. 18: deal with [...] To handle a matter. ‘That’s bull shit, man, I come back an’ I’ll deal with his ass.’.|
|(con. 1985–90) In Search of Respect 99: Then they pull out the carts full of dead animals [...] But I’m trying to stand back, you know, because I can’t deal. I love animals.|
|Slam! 35: ‘It’s your life, do you care?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Then deal with it’.|
|Handbook for Boys 120: ‘I either had to deal with [institutional racism] or let it deal with me. I chose to deal with it’.|
|All the Right Stuff 117: I could dig that, her not wanting to deal with my father’s life.|
6. (UK black) to have sexual intercourse with.
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 77: Sylvia is just an old school friend and I’m not dealing wid her.|
|(con. 1981) East of Acre Lane 10: I was gonna ask de girl back to my gates an’ deal wid it proper.|
7. (US prison) to play the active role in a homosexual couple.
|House of Slammers 8: Many of the confined dudes considered it a kind of unreal game [...] so they shuffled as easily as they dealt.|
8. (US campus) to make dates frequently.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 2: deal – to date frequently. ‘Have you been dealing much lately?’.|
see under coal n.1
see under dirt n.
(US black) to achieve nothing, to fail completely, to draw a blank.
|‘Konky Mohair’ in Life (1976) 107: When hustlers are dealing in zeroes / And throughbreds treated unfair, / They all take a drag on their reefers / And say prayers to St. Konky Mohair.et al.|
(Aus.) to attack, esp. verbally, to punish.
|‘Fanny Flukem’s Ball’ in Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) in Larrikins (1973) 40: I’m quiet, I am, till I’m narked, / My talent are the same, / But when we deal it out you’ll find / We are no mugs at the game.|
|Truth (Sydney) 12 May 4/8: Oh, crypes [...] I thought they was dealin’ it out to a copper.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Feb. 24/4: [N]o amount of illustration will persuade the average cricketer to ‘deal out’ to it.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Aug. 17: The efficacy of prayer, or what may happen to a Rocks push when ‘dealing it out’ to a ‘converted’ bobby.|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms 🌐 DEAL IT OUT—Administer punishment.|
(US black) to trick, to deceive, to take advantage.
|Black Jargon in White America 62: dealt on (you) v. to take advantage of by outsmarting or doublecrossing.|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 88: ‘I got some dudes need dealin on,’ Jax scowled.|
see under one n.1
1. to beat up.
|First Offender 147: Jim talking of bread, grass, acid, boob, screws and dealing to people, while Ben spoke of money, marijuana, LSD, prison officers, and good hidings [DNZE].|
|Big Huey 247: deal to (v) Assault, beat up, damage, destroy.|
|Dominion Sun. Times (Wellington) 5 Aug. 3: He [...] had gone to the-house to deliver some bush justice. He said he would ‘deal to’ the person involved [DNZE].|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
2. to treat roughly.
|TV1 (N.Z.) 30 May Rugby Commentator. Most of the team that dealt to Tonga are still with [the Canadian rugby team] [DNZE].|
|Dominion (Wellington) 17 June 7: The bikies then dealt to the car by smashing windows [DNZE].|
SE card-playing imagery, in slang uses
(Aus.) to cheat, to defraud, to swindle.
|Truth (Sydney) 10 Jan. 3/8: That ole fool [...] was too busy getting in on me to notrice me ‘dealing from the south’ all the time.|
(orig. US) to cheat, to defraud, to swindle.
|Black Beetles in Amber 148: When you ‘deal damnation round’ [...] Deal, and let all accept what you allot ’em. But, blast you! you are dealing from the bottom!‘A Cheating Preacher’|
|Knocking the Neighbors 78: He wanted to be remembered, 50 Years hence, as the Man who built the Library and not as the Guy who dealt from the Bottom of the Deck.|
|Eve. Herald (Klamath Falls, OR) 29 Dec. 3/2: The only way to reform a man who has learned to deal off the bottom is to keep him good and scared.|
|On Broadway 19 Oct. [synd. col.] He is one of the nicer Broadway fellows — the sort who has never been known to deal from the bottom.|
|Folk-Say 286: Soon he’d be cashing in his chips. / Death had dealt an ace from bottom.‘Five Men and a Horse’ in|
|Runyon à la Carte 195: Perhaps you are decorated for dealing the general a nice hand off the bottom?|
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 278: I was dealing them at her now from the bottom of the deck.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 286: Among them: [...] deal from the bottom of the deck; to deal [one] in or out; to double-deal and double-dealer.|
|Dict. of the Amer. West : deal from the bottom of the pack [...] to cheat or take unjustified advantage in any situation.|
(US) to give someone a piece of good luck.
|Pimp 280: Fate dealt me one off the top for a change.|
(orig. US) to include in an undertaking, often a criminal one, to give someone a share; thus the reverse, deal someone out.
|Little Men, Big World 59: I have good reason to believe that Leon is trying to deal the Big City boys in.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 175: Leave off, copper. I told you. Deal her out of this.|
|Young Wolves 11: They could look after her all they wanted to and deal him out of it.|
see under arm n.
(US) a general excl. of rejection: I’m not interested, leave me out, etc.
|Wicked Water 31: But when you start talking murder — well, you can deal me out.|
|In For Life 270: Deal me out!|
|In Cold Blood (2000) 135: Then he heard Dick say, ‘Deal me out, baby. I'm a normal.’ Wasn’t that a horse’s laugh?|
|True-Blue Texan n.p.: ‘Then deal me out. Whatever it is, just deal me out.’ ‘You don’t understand, Sal. I can’t. You’re key to it all’.|