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Deal, vb. (impf. and part. dealt); 1) trans. to give, to bestow: “Jupiter is yonder, --ing life,” Troil. IV, 5, 191. “I could d. kingdoms to my friends,” Tim. I, 2, 226. “as rich men d. gifts,” IV, 3, 516. cf. the quibble in Tw. V, 32.
2) intr. to do, to act, to proceed: “I will incense Page to d. with poison,” Wiv. I, 3, 110. “I will d. in this as secretly and justly as your soul should with your body,” Ado IV, 1, 249. “do not you meddle, let me d. in this,” V, 1, 101. “we cannot d. but with the very hand of stern injustice,” John V, 2, 22. “from the king I come to learn how you have dealt for him,” John V, 2, 22 “I never dealt better since I was a man,” H4A II, 4, 188. “and doubt not so to d. as all things shall redound unto your good,” H6B IV, 9, 46. “foes to my rest are they that I would have thee d. upon,” R3 IV, 2, 76 (== proceed against). “men shall d. unadvisedly sometimes,” IV, 4, 292. “let us d. justly,” Lr. III, 6, 42. “heavens, d. so still!” IV, 1, 69. “and, to d. plainly, I fear I am not in my perfect mind,” IV, 7, 62. “he alone dealt on lieutenantry,” Ant. III, 11, 39 (== acted by substitutes; cf. On). “God above d. between thee and me!” Mcb. IV, 3, 121 (i. e. God may intervene and conduct business between us, not the negotiators of the devilish Macbeth). cf. Plain-dealing.
To d. in == to have to do, to meddle with: could d. in her (the moon's) “command without her power,” Tp. V, 271 (i. e. could command her). “marriage is a matter of more worth than to be dealt in by attorneyship,” H6A V, 5, 56. I should not d. in her (love's) “soft laws,” H6C III, 2, 154.
To d. with == to have to do with: “--ing with witches and with conjurers,” H6B II, 1, 172. “he privily --s with our cardinal,” H8 I, 1, 184. “away she started to d. with grief alone,” Lr. IV, 3, 34. Per. IV, 6, 29. Hence == to cope with: “I am never able to d. with my master, he hath learnt so much fence,” H6B II, 3, 78. “show me a murderer, I'll d. with him,” Tit. V, 2, 93 (== I'll do his business for him).
To d. with a person in a certain manner == to treat, to use: “I will d. in poison with thee,” As V, 1, 59. “that like a father you will d. with him,” Shr. IV, 4, 44. “we must d. gently with him,” Tw. III, 4, 106. R2 II, 1, 69. H6B I, 3, 160. III, 1, 323. R3 I, 3, 275. IV, 4, 499. Rom. II, 4, 178 “(if you should d. double with her).” Hml. II, 2, 284. IV, 6, 20. Oth. IV, 2, 173. Cymb. V, 5, 420. Per. IV, 6, 147.
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