Meaning of “deal with sb” in the English Dictionary

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"deal with sb" in British English

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deal with sb

phrasal verb with deal uk /diːl/ us /diːl/ verb [ I or T ] dealt, dealt

B2 to talk to someone or meet someone, especially as part of your job:

She's used to dealing with difficult customers.

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  • They employed him because of his reputed skill in dealing with the press.
  • I admire her forthright way of dealing with people.
  • Mr. Nixon may well have had a no-holds-barred approach to dealing with political adversaries.
  • You have to have such a lot of patience when you're dealing with kids.
  • She's very adept at dealing with the media.

(Definition of “deal with sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deal with sb" in Business English

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deal with sb

phrasal verb with deal uk /diːl/ us verb past tense and past participle dealt

to behave towards and talk to someone in an effective way:

The pub trade is one area where the ability to deal with people is very important.

(Definition of “deal with sb” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)