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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. It's such a pain dealing with that company. 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

v.
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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deal with someone

in. to kill someone. (From the milder expression meaning to cope with or tend to someone.) The agent planned how best to deal with the rebel leader without getting caught.
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"If he goes to prison he won't get the care he needs because they haven't got the facilities to deal with somebody like him who has mental health issues."
As much as you hate being forced to deal with somebody so stubborn they refuse even to listen to suggestions, in one particular matter you're being just as rigid.
deal, Clinton told the BBC: "You're making a trade deal with somebody who says he doesn't believe in trade, so I'm not quite sure how that's going to play out over the next few years."
There's a lot of blocking and tackling to do a deal with somebody like NBCU or Fox or ABC Disney.
DAY Mark George, representing 22 bereaved families, said: "It was an extraordinary irony you had been sent to deal with somebody with a nonlife-threatening broken leg, painful though it may be, when just behind you people were being crushed to death?" "Yes," Mr Worrall said.
"People should be reassured by the fact that we have everything in place in this country to deal with somebody who may present, to quarantine (and) provide medical assistance to that person," he told press Wednesday.
"I am not waiting for Real Madrid, hoping they don't agree a deal with somebody on the TURN.
And the 31-year-old joked: "That's what I have been asking Santa for this year - a new deal with somebody!
"You always like to deal with somebody that at least you know," Orr said.
They want us to really deal with somebody in the ruling clan, and this has really stopped the injection of funds into Yemen."
I've done business throughout the United Kingdom and would far rather deal with somebody from the West Midlands than elsewhere.
"We could not have a sustainable government for Wales if we were constantly thinking that the other party was positioning itself to do a deal with somebody else."
"I would envisage another battle of similar quality but Ashley had a fantastic game on Sunday and he's in the right frame of mind and the right shape physically to deal with somebody like Cristiano."