Here’s the deal

here's the deal

1. A phrase that precedes an explanation. A: "But why's your mom so mad at you?" B: "OK, here's the deal—she caught me sneaking out again last night." Here's the deal: the publisher moved up the deadline, so I need to see an edited manuscript as soon as possible.
2. A phrase that precedes the presentation of an idea or plan. Here's the deal: I'll distract Mom while you grab the cookies.
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Here’s the deal

tv. This is the plan, scheme, or proposition. Okay, here’s the deal. You pass the ball to Bob, and I’ll run in the opposite direction.
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