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deuce (plural deuces)
- (card games) A card with two pips, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
- 1948 January 1, “Deck of Cards” (track 20), in Famous Country Music Makers, performed by Tex Ritter:
- You see, Sir, when I look at the Ace it reminds me that there is but one God. The deuce reminds me that the bible is divided into two parts; the Old and New Testaments. And when I see the trey I think of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
- (dice games) A side of a die with two spots.
- (dice games) A cast of dice totalling two.
- The number two.
- A hand gesture consisting of a raised index and middle fingers, a peace sign.
- (tennis) A tied game where either player can win by scoring two consecutive points.
- (baseball) A curveball.
- A '32 Ford.
- 1978, Joe Mayall, “Driving Impression: Reproduction Deuce Hiboy”, in Rod Action, page 26:
- 2012, Pat Ganahl, Lost Hot Rods II: More Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found, page 62:
- It belonged to “the 1932 guy,” who had four or five Deuces sitting in his yard.
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- (in the plural) 2-barrel (twin choke) carburetors (in the phrase 3 deuces: an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
- (restaurants, slang) A table seating two diners.
side of a dice with two spots
cast of dice totalling two
tennis: tie, both players able to win by scoring two additional points
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deuce (plural deuces)
- (epithet) The Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger.
- 1840, William Makepeace Thackeray, Catherine:
- Love is a bodily infirmity […] which breaks out the deuce knows how or why
- 1843, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol:
- To sit, staring at those fixed glazed eyes, in silence for a moment, would play, Scrooge felt, the very deuce with him.
- Synonym of
- We had a deuce of a time getting here.
Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger
- (etymology) “deuce”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.