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how's life (treating you)?
How are you? How is everything in your life? (Said as an informal greeting.) Hey, John, great to see you again! How's life treating you? Hi Murray, how's life?
See also: life
be in for a treat
To be guaranteed to receive or experience something unexpectedly pleasant or beneficial. Is this your first time seeing this movie? Gosh, you're in for a treat!
A situation in which two people agree to split the cost of something or pay for their own share, usually a meal. Since Bob and Sue were just friends, neither ever objected to a Dutch treat when they went out to dinner.
treat them mean, keep them keen
Neglecting a romantic partner (or a potential romantic partner) keeps him or her interested in you. A: "Why hasn't Tom called me yet? I thought he liked me." B: "Maybe he thinks that 'treat them mean, keep them keen' actually works."
go down a treat
To cause happiness in one. My daughter's singing went down a treat with the family members gathered at our house for Christmas.
treat (one) like muck
To treat one as if they were worthless; to treat one with contempt or with no respect. I'm tired of you treating me like muck, like I don't matter. I went to that store to buy a dress but they treated me like muck just because I wasn't already wearing expensive clothes.
treat (one) with kid gloves
To handle with very gentle care, often to the point of coddling. Kid gloves are very soft leather gloves, typically made from the skin of a young goat (a "kid"). I can't stand the way my family always treats my younger brother with kid gloves, trying to protect him from every little thing! We'll need to treat the two parties in the merger with kid gloves—both clients are extremely sensitive.
work a treat
To work or function perfectly or very smoothly. After we oiled it up a bit, that old thing worked a treat. See, you just have to insert your card here and you can pop the door right open. Works a treat!
treat (one) like dirt
To treat someone very poorly or disrespectfully. I'm not surprised that so many of your employees are quitting—you treat them like dirt!
*case of something
1. an instance of something. (*Typically: be ~; have ~.) This is a case of police brutality. They should not have injured the suspect.
2. an occurrence of a disease. (*Typically: be ~; look like ~; treat ~.) I am suffering from a case of the flu.
a social occasion where one pays for oneself. (Viewed by some as insulting to the Dutch.) "It's nice of you to ask me out to dinner," she said, "but could we make it a Dutch treat?" The office outing is always a Dutch treat.
How's the world (been) treating you?
Inf. How are you? Hi, Jane. How's the world treating you? How's the world been treating you, Bill?
stand someone to a treat
to pay for a treat for someone. Come on. Let's go out and eat. I'll stand you to a treat. It seems as if I am always standing someone to a treat.
treat someone (for something) (with something)
to attempt to cure someone's illness, injury, or disease with something. The doctor treated me for the flu with aspirin. It didn't work, but it was cheap. They treated him for his broken bones. Ann treated him with the appropriate therapy.
treat someone or something as something
to deal with someone or something as something. Please don't treat me as a guest. You treat the editorial board as a needless barrier.
treat someone or something like someone or something
to deal with someone or something as if the person or thing were really someone, a type of a person, or something. I like him. He treats me like a king. He treats Jane like Mary—he ignores them both.
treat someone to something
to provide and pay for something for someone as a gift or as entertainment. I will be delighted to treat you to dinner. After the play, they treated themselves to pie and coffee.
trick or treat
Give me a treat of some kind or I will play a trick on you! (The formulaic expression said by children after they ring someone's doorbell and the door is answered on Halloween. It is now understood to mean simply that the child is requesting a treat of some kind—candy, fruit, popcorn, etc.) "Trick or treat!" cried Jimmy when the door opened. Mr. Franklin opened the door to find four very small children dressed like flowers standing silently on his doorstep. After a moment, he said, "Isn't anyone going to say 'Trick or treat'?"
An outing or date in which each person pays his or her own expenses. For example, Her parents agreed that she might date if it were a Dutch treat. The related expression go Dutch means "to go on a date with each person paying their own way," as in Students often elect to go Dutch. The first term dates from about 1870, and the variant from the early 1900s.
treat like dirt
Behave badly or show contempt toward, as in Her boss treats all the secretaries like dirt. This idiom uses dirt in the sense of "something worthless," a usage dating from the mid-1300s.
trick or treat
A greeting by children asking for treats on Halloween and threatening to play a trick on those who refuse to give them. For example, The children went from house to house, shouting "Trick or treat!" [c. 1940]
treat someone like dirt
COMMON If someone treats another person like dirt, they treat them very badly. We, the fans, buy the CDs, and pay to go to the concerts, but are more or less treated like dirt. As long as you're thinking about her, she can keep treating you like dirt.
treat someone with kid glovesor
handle someone with kid gloves
If you treat someone with kid gloves or handle them with kid gloves, you treat them very carefully, for example because they are very important or because they are easily upset. Some artists have to be handled with kid gloves and apparently Jake thinks Lotte is one of them. This is someone that you will have to treat with kid gloves. Note: Occasionally, people say that they treat or handle something with kid gloves, to mean that they are very careful about it. Even in presidential campaigns, foreign policy is treated with kid gloves. Note: Kid gloves is used in other structures and expressions where you are describing how carefully someone is being treated. We must take off the kid gloves and smash these evil monsters once and for all. They accused him of using kid gloves to deal with violence and intimidation. Note: People sometimes use this expression when they want to suggest that they do not think this kind of treatment is right or necessary. Note: Kid is very soft leather.
treat someone like dirttreat someone contemptuously or unfairly.
1996 Just Seventeen He was only nice to me in private—as soon as he was around other people he'd treat me like dirt.
— a treatused to indicate that someone or something does something specified very well or satisfactorily. British informal
1988 Ray Pickernell Yanto's Summer A flared cream pleated skirt that complemented those long perfect brown legs, and a powder blue tee shirt that matched her eyes a treat.
handle, treat, etc. somebody with kid ˈglovestreat somebody very carefully and gently because you do not want to upset them or make them angry: She is so easily upset that I feel I have to treat her with kid gloves all the time.
Kid gloves are made of very soft leather from the skin of a kid (= a young goat).
go down a ˈtreat(British English, informal) be very successful or enjoyable: ‘Did the children like the story?’ ‘Yes, it went down a treat.’ ♢ Mm! ice cream. That’ll go down a treat.
treat somebody like ˈdirt(informal) treat somebody very badly and without respect: He treated his wife like dirt. She finally left him after ten terrible years.
work a ˈtreat(British English, informal) be very effective or successful: His idea worked a treat.
ˌtrick or ˈtreatsaid by children who visit people’s houses at Halloween (= October 31) and threaten to play tricks on people who do not give them sweets/candy
To regard and handle someone or something in some way: The king had received warnings of an uprising, but treated them as a joke. I refuse to be treated as a second-class citizen.
To deal with some subject or topic in writing or speech: The essay treats of courtly love.
To provide someone with some food, entertainment, or gifts at one's own expense: She treated her brother to dinner and a movie. I treat myself to a day in the country once in a while.
To engage in negotiations with someone so as to reach a settlement or agree on terms: If they are unwilling to treat with us, we will be forced to attack.