deal with someone

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Meron na akong ka-deal (I have made a deal with someone),' she said.
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Epilepsy Action will launch its Take Epilepsy Action campaign outside the Lush store on Queen Street in the capital today at 10.30am to highlight a lack of knowledge of how to deal with someone having an epileptic fit.
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"The car deal with Renault does not preclude us from doing a deal with someone else for commercial vehicles, but from our side if we do partner someone, it will be Renault," he said.
"Murphy can deal with having his own finger cut off, but he just can't deal with someone else having their finger cut off because of him.
"The types of owners we are getting in the New York market are buying their property as an investment and they want to deal with someone who has an understanding of the value of the asset--they are less interested in speaking with someone who knows how the boiler works."