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deal with (someone or something)

1. To manage or handle someone or something (usually someone or something unpleasant). The phrase "deal with it" can be used dismissively to leave a task to someone else. I just can't deal with him when gets hysterical like this. I'll deal with the construction problems at the house—you go on ahead to work. A: "Sir, I'm not sure how you want me to handle all these calls." B: "Oh, just deal with it, Jeff."
2. To focus on or include something. Your term paper must deal with the major themes of modernism and link them to your chosen text.
3. To conduct business with someone or something. That company is a pain to deal with. They sent us the wrong size t-shirts and then took weeks to issue a refund.
4. To treat someone in a particular way. The owner dealt with me very nicely, so I'll definitely go back to his shop.
5. slang To kill someone. Don't worry, once I deal with the informant, he won't go running to the cops ever again.
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deal with someone or something

to manage someone or something. This is not a big problem. I think I can deal with it. I am sure I can deal with Jill.
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deal with someone

Sl. to kill someone. "Spike, you deal with that cop," said the crime boss. The agent planned how best to deal with the rebel leader without getting caught.
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deal with

1. See deal in, def. 1.
2. Do business with someone, as in I like dealing with this company. [Late 1600s] Also see deal in, def. 2.
3. Take action in, handle, administer, dispose of, as in The committee will deal with this matter. [Second half of 1400s]
4. Act in a specified way toward someone, as in He dealt extremely fairly with his competitors. [c. 1300]
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deal with

1. To be about something; have to do with something: This report deals with teaching students how to read.
2. To confront or grapple with something: I can't deal with all of these problems at the same time. These researchers are dealing with the most difficult issues in the field. You dealt with their hostility very well.
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Cade bought that argument and approved the deal with some minor brand sell-off requirements.
In fact, the Lens Fund's Minow recalls that the judge presiding over a shareholder's challenge to the Time-Warner merger ridiculed the fairness opinions endorsing the deal with memorably colorful language, saying they "provided a range of opinions that even a Texan would feel at home on"--very big indeed.
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The deal with the two actors unions, which represent 135,000 members, ends the prospect of Hollywood being rocked by a devastating actors strike, just as a similar deal between the AMPTP and the WGA greatly halted those concerns in early May.
Several artists followed suit in a series of Pullman Bonds(TM) after the David Bowie deal, which was followed by a $30 million deal with Holland-Dozier-Holland (the Motown Hit Machine) an eight figure deal with R&B greats Ashford & Simpson, and the $30 million deal with "Godfather of Soul" James Brown.