a good deal

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From deal (division, portion, share). Compare a great deal, etc.


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a good deal (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Very much; to a great extent; a lot; lots.
    We had a good deal more money after winning the lottery.
    • 1835, James Hogg, The Story of Euphemia Hewit:
      He said he was sometimes whistling a tune to himself — for, like me, he sawed a good deal on the fiddle; []
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, “Chapter 5: Advice from a Caterpillar”, in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
      She was a good deal frightened by this very sudden change, but she felt that there was no time to be lost, as she was shrinking rapidly: so she set to work at once to eat some of the other bit.



a good deal

  1. (idiomatic) A large amount; a lot.
    He made a good deal of trouble for us.
    • 1838, Edgar Allan Poe, How to Write a Blackwood Article:
      You may make a good deal of that little fact if properly worked.
    • 1825-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xvi[1]:
      A friend suggested that, if I really wanted to have the satisfaction of taking a difficult examination, I should pass the London Matriculation. It meant a good deal of labour and much addition to my stock of general knowledge, without any extra expense worth the name. I welcomed the suggestion. But the syllabus frightened me. Latin and a modern language were compulsory!
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see a,‎ good,‎ deal.
    I can offer you a good deal on that van.