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great deal

A large amount or degree. It would help me a great deal if you could drive me to work tomorrow.
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great deal

much; a lot. You can learn a great deal about nature by watching television. This is a serious problem and it worries me a great deal.
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I have received a great deal of politeness--some of it really most pressing, and I have experienced no drawbacks whatever.
There was a great deal more clapping when she finished, and when this was over, as an encore, she gave a piece which imitated the sea; there were little trills to represent the lapping waves and thundering chords, with the loud pedal down, to suggest a storm.
This was very noisy, and there was a great deal of laughing and shouting, as people moved from table to table.
Yes, it does give a notion," said Catherine warmly, "and that is, that you all drink a great deal more wine than I thought you did.
This declaration brought on a loud and overpowering reply, of which no part was very distinct, except the frequent exclamations, amounting almost to oaths, which adorned it, and Catherine was left, when it ended, with rather a strengthened belief of there being a great deal of wine drunk in Oxford, and the same happy conviction of her brother's comparative sobriety.
Ryde preach a great deal more about that spiritual part of religion that you talk of, Adam?
But I herewith discharge my conscience, and declare that I have had quite enthusiastic movements of admiration towards old gentlemen who spoke the worst English, who were occasionally fretful in their temper, and who had never moved in a higher sphere of influence than that of parish overseer; and that the way in which I have come to the conclusion that human nature is lovable--the way I have learnt something of its deep pathos, its sublime mysteries--has been by living a great deal among people more or less commonplace and vulgar, of whom you would perhaps hear nothing very surprising if you were to inquire about them in the neighbourhoods where they dwelt.
Yes," added the other; "and of the Roman emperors as low as Severus; besides a great deal of the heathen mythology, and all the metals, semi-metals, planets, and distinguished philosophers.
And remember that, if you are ever so forward and clever yourselves, you should always be modest; for, much as you know already, there is a great deal more for you to learn.
However, at any rate, as I have a great deal more at stake on this point than anybody else can have, I think it rather unnecessary in you to be advising me.
One cannot creep upon a journey; one cannot help getting on faster than one has planned; and the pleasure of coming in upon one's friends before the lookout begins, is worth a great deal more than any little exertion it needs.
I, for instance, have a great deal of amour propre.
They were a great deal worse than the old Indian currency of clam-shells.
said the miser; 'I would give a great deal of money to have such a one.
But I did like the 'Life of Goldsmith'; I liked it a great deal better than the more authoritative