1. [late 15C+] two, a pair, of objects and occas. individuals.
2. [late 17C–1960s] twopence.
3. [mid-19C] two cents.
4. [late 19C–1960s] a useless gambler, a worthless individual [the deuce is the lowest card in the deck].
5. [20C+] (Aus., also deucer) a champion shearer capable of shearing 200 sheep in a day.
6. [1910s+] (US, also deucer, deuce-spot) two dollars; a two-dollar bill.
7. [1920s+] (prison, also deuce-burger) a two-year sentence; occas. two months (see cite 1950).
8. in drug uses.
(a) [1930s] (drugs) two marijuana cigarettes, sold together.
(b) [1960s–70s] (US drugs) a $2 package of heroin.
(c) [1970s] (US drugs) two pills.
(d) [1990s+] a $2 vial of crack cocaine.
9. [1940s] (Aus.) two shillings (10p).
10. [1950s] £2.
11. [1960s] (Scot. prison) a two-month prison sentence.
12. [1970s] (also deucer) a two-hour shift.
13. [1990s+] (US black) an unattractive young woman, i.e. one considered second-rate.
14. in pl. deuces, goodbye [from two fingers raised in V for Victory sign].
see sense 7 above.
1. [1980s+] a .22 revolver or pistol.
2. [1990s+] a 22fl.oz beer.
[1980s+] a .25 pistol.
[late 17C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) twopence.
1. [1960s+] (US black/teen) a Buick Electra 225.
2. [1980s] (US black, also deuce-25) any car with a 225 h.p. engine.
3. [1990s+] (US prison) a sentence of 2 to 25 years.
[1930s–40s] (US black/Harlem) the knees.
a period of time: a week or month.
[1940s] (US black) one day, i.e. 24 hours.
[1940s] (US) the fists, used for violent assaults; thus play the deuce of clubs, to beat someone up.
[1940s] (US black) the hands.
[1940s] (US black/Harlem) two weeks.
[1940s] (US black/Harlem) two days ago.
[1940s] (US black/Harlem) a pair of eyes.
[1940s] (US black/Harlem) 20 cents.
[1940s] (US black/Harlem) two minutes.
[1940s+] (US) to back down, to act the coward.
[1990s+] (US black) a .22 calibre handgun.