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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English dewes (two), from Anglo-Norman, from Old French deus, from Latin duo.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /djuːs/, /d͡ʒuːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /duːs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːs

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deuce (plural deuces)

  1. (card games) A card with two pips, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. (dice games) A side of a die with two spots.
  3. (dice games) A cast of dice totalling two.
  4. The number two.
  5. (tennis) A tied game where either player can win by scoring two consecutive points.
  6. (baseball) A curveball.
  7. A '32 Ford.
    • 1978, Mayall, Joe. "Driving Impression: Reproduction Deuce Hiboy", in Rod Action, p.26
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Particularly: “Geisert”
  1. (in the plural) 2-barrel (twin choke) carburetors (in the phrase 3 deuces: an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
  2. (restaurants, slang) A table seating two diners.
  3. (Canada, US, slang) A piece of excrement.
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See alsoEdit
Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
             
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
             
eight nine ten jack, knave queen king joker, jolly joker

Etymology 2Edit

Compare Late Latin dusius (phantom, specter); Scottish Gaelic taibhs, taibhse (apparition, ghost); or from Old French deus (God), from Latin deus (compare deity).

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deuce (plural deuces)

  1. (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.
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