Green’s Dictionary of Slang

deal v.

[deal n.1 /SE deal, to hand out]

1. [20C+] (US) to make a bargain, to conduct business.

2. [1920s] (US) to give, to hand over.

3. [1920s+] (US black) to cause trouble for, to treat harshly.

4. [1950s+] to sell drugs, esp. marijuana.

5. [1960s+] (US black) to manage a situation or circumstance.

6. [1970s–80s] (UK black) to have sexual intercourse with.

7. [1980s] (US prison) to play the active role in a homosexual couple.

8. [1980s] (US campus) to make dates frequently.

In phrases

deal (in) dirt (v.)

see under dirt n.

deal in zeroes (v.)

[1960s] (US black) to achieve nothing, to fail completely, to draw a blank.

deal it out (v.)

[20C+] (Aus.) to attack, esp. verbally, to punish.

deal on (v.)

[1970s] (US black) to trick, to deceive, to take advantage.

deal someone one (v.)

see under one n.1

deal to (v.) [1980s+] (N.Z.)

1. to beat up.

2. to treat roughly.

SE card-playing imagery, in slang uses

In phrases

deal from the south (v.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) to cheat, to defraud, to swindle.

deal off the bottom of the deck (v.) (also deal from the bottom of the deck/pack) [a classic method of cheating in cards]

[late 19C+] (orig. US) to cheat, to defraud, to swindle.

deal one off the top (v.)

[1960s] (US) to give someone a piece of good luck.

deal someone in (v.)

[1940s+] (orig. US) to include in an undertaking, often a criminal one, to give someone a share; thus the reverse, deal someone out.

deal them off the arm (v.)

see under arm n.

In exclamations

deal me out!

[1950s] (US) a general excl. of rejection: I’m not interested, leave me out, etc.