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deal (someone or something) a blow
1. To be very surprising or detrimental. Getting a bad grade in my favorite subject really dealt my self-confidence a blow.
2. To cause the abrupt end of something. His arrest and subsequent conviction dealt his successful career as an attorney a blow. Despite the company's recent success, the massive recall dealt it quite a blow.
deal somebody/something a ˈblow,
deal a blow to somebody/something be a shock for somebody; make something fail, etc: The death of her father dealt her a terrible blow. ♢ Losing his job dealt a blow to his hopes of buying his own house.
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PHOTO Hurricane Floyd might have dealt a blow
to Oakland's wild-card bid with two washouts last week.