a good deal
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From deal (“(obsolete) division, portion, share”)
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- (idiomatic) Very much; to a great extent; a lot; lots.
- We had a good deal more money afterwards.
- (idiomatic) A large amount; a lot.
- He made a good deal of trouble for us.
- 1825-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xvi:
- 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!