deuce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deuce one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots
    • n deuce a word used in exclamations of confusion "what the devil","the deuce with it","the dickens you say"
    • n deuce the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
    • n deuce a tie in tennis or table tennis that requires winning two successive points to win the game
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deuce (Tennis) A condition of the score beginning whenever each side has won three strokes in the same game (also reckoned “40 all”), and reverted to as often as a tie is made until one of the sides secures two successive strokes following a tie or deuce, which decides the game.
    • n Deuce The devil; a demon.
    • Deuce (Gaming) Two; a card or a die with two spots; as, the deuce of hearts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deuce The devil: used, with or without the definite article, chiefly in exclamatory or interjectional phrases, expressing surprise, impatience, or emphasis: as, deuce take you! go to the deuce! the deuce you did!
    • n deuce In cards and other games, two; a card or die with two spots.
    • n deuce In lawn-tennis, a stage of the game in which both players or sides have scored 40, and one must score 2, or, if the other has vantage, 3 points in succession in order to win the game.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deuce dūs a card or die with two spots:
    • n Deuce dūs the devil—in exclamatory phrases
    • adv Deuce confoundedly
    • n Deuce dūs (lawn tennis) a term denoting that each side has gained three points ('forty all')
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. dusius, Armor, dus, teûz, phantom, specter; Gael. taibhs, taibhse, apparition, ghost; or fr. OF. deus, God, fr. L. deus,cf. Deity)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. deux, two—L. duos, accus. of duo, two.

Usage

In literature:

I'm deuced glad of that!
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
The man is playing some game, but what the deuce it is I can't fathom.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
How the deuce had this got into my apartments?
"Hearts and Masks" by Harold MacGrath
But what the deuce was a poor duke to do with a niece like this?
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
Mallett, what the deuce is the matter with you?
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
How often a word spoken or unspoken may have the very deuce in it either way!
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" by Charles Major
Where the deuce is Tinsley?
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
It would take a deuce of a time to collect the Battalion together again!
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
He's a deuced good-looking fellow, too, and will be sure to do it.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Her frightened beauty is playing the deuce with the people around.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
Why the deuce did you refuse him, Anne?
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Deuce kens The almighty lot choice has to do with it!
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
He had turned out the deuce, the lowest number possible.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
He had thrown a pair of deuces.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
Deuce take such fidelity as that!
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
And who the deuce is Wrent?
"The Silent House" by Fergus Hume
Why, what the deuce can she be thinking about?
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
How the deuce else do you suppose that a cricket pro.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I've had a deuced unpleasant scene with him, I can tell you; and it's upset me deucedly.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
What the deuce did Lady Farquhar mean?
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

Deuce take the wall, boys,
Deuce take the floor, boys,
Deuce take the jolly floor,
Deuce take us all, boys!
"The Recruit's Ball" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
GERTRUDE.
Ho! Hans!--Why, Hans!--You Hans, I say!
Awake!--here'll be the deuce to pay!
For coming guests get fire and lights,
And help me put the room to rights!
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris
Deuce take the fiddle,
Deuce take the fiddle,
Deuce take the jolly fiddle, deuce take the fiddler!
Here goes the fiddle,
Here goes the fiddle,
Here goes the jolly fiddle, here goes the fiddler!
"The Recruit's Ball" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
If I depart from this sad sphere,
And leave a will behind me here,
A suit at law will be preferr'd,
But as for thanks,—the deuce a word!
So ere I die, I squander all,
And that a proper will I call.
"Rollicking Hans" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Lord knows what we may find, dear lass,
And the Deuce knows we may do &mdash
But we're back once more on the old trail, our own trail, the out trail,
We're down, hull-down, on the Long Trail — the trail that is always new!
"The Long Trail" by Rudyard Kipling
Great claims are there made, and great secrets are known,
And the king, and the law, and the thief, has his own;
But my hearers cry out, What a deuce dost thou ail?
Cut off thy reflections, and give us thy tale.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Deuce Johnson Game-by-Game Stats.
Get the latest news, stats, videos, highlights and more about Cal State Fullerton Titans Deuce Johnson on ESPN.com.
Cardinals offensive lineman Deuce Lutui sees past offseason as a learning experience.
Twin Trees Too's Deuce Juice.
Layfield Energy and Innovative Beverage Group released Drank Deuce , a 2-ounce version of the original Drank beverage.
Deuce Drops 'Bomb-Ass Music' With 'Nine Lives'.
Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister said he didn't feel singled out for extra testing for steroids by the NFL while his appeal of a four-game suspension was going on in court.
Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune Deuce McAllister is no longer a member of the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints and tailback Deuce McAllister officially will part ways in a joint press conference this afternoon, ending one of the most successful and popular runs in franchise history.
Deuce Double-Faults Despite Lansbury and Seldes.
Charlie, Here Comes The Deuce .
View this 2007 Harley Davidson Fxstd Softail Deuce Street Action Photo 3.
I had a fair idea of the level of humor we were in for when the press kit for Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo arrived -- packaged like a condom.
What women want isn't in your pants, it's in your heart, and Deuce 's fellow man-whores, shamed at last, remove the food items they have stuffed down their trousers.
The show headlined with Deuce, plus Another Lost Year, Profane, and Beyond Fate.
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In science:

This means that if D and D (cid:48) are subsets of Rd with dEuc (D , D (cid:48) ) ≥ 1, and if U and U (cid:48) are events depending only on the metric on the sets D and D (cid:48) , respectively, then U and U (cid:48) should be independent with respect to P.
Geodesics of Random Riemannian Metrics I: Random Perturbations of Euclidean Geometry
If dEuc (D , D (cid:48) ) ≥ 1, then FD and FD(cid:48) are uncorrelated with respect to the measure Q, hence independent since Q is Gaussian.
Geodesics of Random Riemannian Metrics I: Random Perturbations of Euclidean Geometry
For any compact set D ⊆ Rd , let D = {x : dEuc (x, D) ≤ } denote the -neighborhood of D , i.e. the set of all points which are Euclidean distance at most  from D .
Geodesics of Random Riemannian Metrics I: Random Perturbations of Euclidean Geometry
What comes after that is presumably a deuce of a hangover.
Astrophysics in 2006
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