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deal (one) in

To include one in something. Often used in the imperative "deal me in." The phrase originated in card games, in which cards are distributed among the players by "dealing" them. If you guys are playing poker in there, deal me in! Bobby really wants to be involved in this project, so deal him in too.
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deal in (something)

1. To work in a particular field. I deal in medical supplies these days, selling X-ray and MRI machines to hospitals. Mike has been acting so secretive lately that I'm starting to think he's dealing in something illegal.
2. To focus on or include something. Your term paper for this class must deal in the major themes of modernism.
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deal in something

to buy and sell something. My uncle is a stockbroker. He deals in stocks and bonds. My aunt deals in antiques.
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deal in

1. Also, deal with. Be occupied or concerned with, as in Jim deals in generalities, or This book deals with idioms. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from about 1300.
2. Do business or trade in something, as in They deal in diamonds. [Late 1500s] Also see deal with.
3. deal someone in. Also, deal one a hand. Include someone, give someone a share, as in I hope they'll deal me in on this new enterprise. This usage comes from card games, where to deal has meant "to distribute cards" since the 16th century. [Early 1900s]
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deal in

1. To include someone in a card game by giving that player cards: Deal me in—I'm just getting up to get some potato chips. The dealer dealt in all the players who sat at the table.
2. To be in some particular line of work or pursuit: She deals in computer hardware. The gangster dealt in stolen goods.
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