a thing representing, or represented by, the number two, in particular:
the two on dice or playing cards.
a throw of two at dice.
∎ inf., dated
a two-dollar bill.
the tie score of 40-all in a game, at which a player needs two consecutive points to win the game.
n. (the deuce) inf.
used as a euphemism for “devil” in expressions of annoyance, impatience, or surprise or for emphasis:
how the deuce are we to make a profit?
what the deuce are you trying to do?
(or the) deuce of a ——
used to emphasize how bad, difficult, or serious something is.
, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes
, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, papoose, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus
•cayuse • calaboose • mongoose
•Aarhus • verjuice • couscous
•footloose • ventouse • refuse
•Odysseus • Idomeneus • hypotenuse
two at dice or cards XV; (at tennis) the point at which each side has scored 40 and the game is à deux
‘at two’, i.e. when two successive points must be gained to win XVI. — OF. deus
) :- L. duōs
a thing representing, or represented by, the number two; the word is recorded from the late 15th century, and comes from Old French deus
‘two’, from Latin duos
In tennis, deuce is the score of 40 all in a game, at which each player needs two consecutive points to win the game.
in imprecatory phr. †a deuce on
, the (†a
) deuce take
, what the (†a) deuce
, plague, mischief, (later) the Devil. XVII. — LG. duus
= G. daus
, prob. to be identified ult. with prec. as a dicer's exclamation on making the lowest throw, viz. a two.