deal : Common Errors in English

About deal

Popular expressions like “not that big a deal” and “what’s the deal?” in which “deal” stands vaguely for something like “situation” are fine in casual spoken English, but inappropriate in formal writing.Even in casual speech, it’s better to leave out the “of” in “not that big of a deal.”

deal Meaning(s)

  • (n) a particular instance of buying or selling
  • (n) an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
  • (n) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • (n) a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
  • (n) wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
  • (n) the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
  • (n) the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
  • (n) the act of distributing playing cards
  • (n) the act of apportioning or distributing something
  • (v) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
  • (v) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
  • (v) take action with respect to (someone or something)
  • (v) come to terms with
  • (v) administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • (v) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  • (v) be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  • (v) behave in a certain way towards others
  • (v) distribute cards to the players in a game
  • (v) direct the course of; manage or control
  • (v) give out as one's portion or share
  • (v) give (a specific card) to a player
  • (v) sell

deal in News

  1. Deal of the Week: Building sheds '80s look, joins 21st century

    Deal of the Week: Building sheds '80s look, joins 21st century Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 7:56 pm, Sunday, June 16, 2013 Among the other improvements: skylights in the atrium; a pedestrian entry from the garage; upgraded finishes, furniture and graphics throughout ...
    on June 17, 2013 Source: Houston Chronicle

  2. Deal of the Day – 30? Dell U3014 UltraSharp 2560 x 1600 LED-backlit IPS LCD monitor

    Saturday’s LogicBUY Deal is the 30? Dell UltraSharp U3014 for $1,147.49. Features: Anti-glare screen with 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, 350nit brightness, 6ms grey-to-grey response time 99% Adobe RGB color gamut 178-degree viewing angle DC power connector for Dell Soundbar (AX510) Four-port USB 3.0 hub, DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-DL (HDCP), HDMI 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Gadgeteer

  3. Deal-breaker for The Pixies

    Just as no one saw The Replacements reunion coming, no one saw this going down: Kim Deal has suddenly left those other alt-rock icons, The Pixies . And it appears the band is going to carry on without her.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

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