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From Middle English afterdele. Equivalent to after- +‎ deal.


afterdeal (plural not attested)

  1. Disadvantage.
    • 1889, Sir Thomas Mallory, La morte d'Arthure: The history of King Arthur and of the Knights
      And thus the battaile was great, and oftentimes that one partie was at a foredele and anon at an afterdele, which endured long.
    • 1955, Barbara Winchester, Tudor family portrait:
      Johnson & Company's account was now at an afterdeal, and Richard simply did not know where to find the money to pay their debts.