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a good deal

A large degree or amount, usually indefinite or intangible. There's a good deal to be learned from listening to your elders. I own a good deal of books at home. They're starting to clutter up the place. We'll need a good deal more if we're going to have enough.
See also: deal, good

good deal

1. A very favorable agreement, cost, or situation. We never thought we'd be able to afford a neighborhood like this, but we got a good deal on this house.
2. An acknowledgment that a situation or proposal is acceptable, pleasing, or fortuitous. A: "I'll plan on coming around this Friday evening." B: "Good deal, buddy."
See also: deal, good
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a good deal

Also, a great deal. See under good deal.
See also: deal, good

good deal, a

Also, a great deal.
1. A large but indefinite quantity, as in He has a good (or great) deal of money; also, to a large extent or degree, as in "I bled ... a great deal" (from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, 1719). Also see good many.
2. A very successful transaction or business agreement; a bargain. For example, The new agent got him a great deal, or Only $50,000 for all that land? That's a good deal. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: good
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Good deal!

exclam. That is good! (Old, but still heard.) Everyone is here on time! Good deal!
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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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People are thrown together a good deal on a voyage like this.
Guest and you, sir; of course I feel the most indebted to you , who first took me into the business, and have taken a good deal of pains with me since."
"This man Barker has certainly been down here a good deal. He is a man who might be attractive to a woman.
A good deal of hammering went on before the curtain rose again, but when it became evident what a masterpiece of stage carpentery had been got up, no one murmured at the delay.
Hugo, getting thirsty after a long warble, drinks it, loses his wits, and after a good deal of clutching and stamping, falls flat and dies, while Hagar informs him what she has done in a song of exquisite power and melody.
With a good deal more of that sort, which I wondered how they knew.
The hearing of all this, and a good deal more, outlasted the banquet some time.
Either you slip out of service altogether, and become good for nothing, or you wear the harness and draw a good deal where your yoke-fellows pull you.
And though I was a good deal puffed up with my adventures and with having come off, as the saying is, with flying colours; yet he soon had me on my knees beside a simple, poor old man, and both proud and glad to be there.
As it was, I left him to himself a good deal, and he didn't like that either.
He talked of the old college days when he and Gaston had been a good deal to each other; of the days of keen and blind ambitions and large intentions.
The procession moved with a good deal of promptness.
Aunt Sally she was busy getting the children ready for bed; so by and by it got dull and tedious, and me and Tom took a turn in the moonlight, and fetched up in the watermelon-patch and et one, and had a good deal of talk.
"Sixty-seven,--a man can see and do a good deal in that time," I said, not flattering myself on the originality of the remark, but desiring to set him talking.
I can enjoy feeling melancholy, and there is a good deal of satisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fit of the blues.