deal in (2)

American English INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb deal in (2).

Meaning: If you say "Deal me in" it means you want to join in an activity.

Synonym: count in

For example:

  • deal sb in When I told Tommy we were going bowling, he said, "Great! Deal me in!"

  • deal sb in If you're ever going out to a club on Saturday night, deal me in. I just love dancing.

Origin: In most card games one player deals the cards to all those who are playing, and if someone says "Deal me in" it means they want to join in the game.

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

When they told me they were going surfing, I said "Deal me in" because I

a. wanted to go with them

b. wanted to play cards instead

c. wasn't good at surfing

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