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for To deal with
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Deal \Deal\, v. i.
1. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards
to the players.
2. To do a distributing or retailing business, as
distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to
traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he deals in flour.
They buy and sell, they deal and traffic. --South.
This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other
petty merchants deal but for parcels. --Dr. H. More.
3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to
manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or
Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth
his own credit with both, by pretending greater
interest than he hath in either. --Bacon.
4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or
towards any one; to treat.
If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he
will acknowledge all this to be true. --Tillotson.
5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition,
check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to
To deal by, to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well
by servants. "Such an one deals not fairly by his own
To deal in.
(a) To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice; as,
they deal in political matters.
(b) To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or
wholesaler; as, they deal in fish.
To deal with.
(a) To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill;
to have to do with; specifically, to trade with.
"Dealing with witches." --Shak.
(b) To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with.
The deacons of his church, who, to use their own
phrase, "dealt with him" on the sin of rejecting
the aid which Providence so manifestly held out.
Return . . . and I will deal well with thee.
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